Following rumours making rounds about an alleged suspected case of the coronavirus in a hospital in Lekki, Lagos, Professor Akin Abayomi, the state commissioner for health, has debunked the news.
He described the news as fake and explained that the person who just arrived from China, needed to be monitored as part of the response mechanism in the state.
He made this known via his Twitter page yesterday saying "The attention of @followlasg and @LSMOH has been drawn to a story of a query suspected case of #2019nCoV infection which presented at a particular private hospital in Lekki on 29/01/2020.
“The subject in question is an adult male Nigerian who arrived from China 4 days ago. He was in Shanghai throughout his stay in China and during his stay, he did not have any contact with anyone who was ill or from Wuhan region.
"On his return to Lagos he has followed our instructions from @LSMOH and like a responsible member of the society has chosen to self-quarantine. He presented to a hospital for a check-up just to be sure but was found to be perfectly well and asked to return home to continue his self-quarantine. He is therefore clinically not a suspected case of #2019-nCoV as he is not exhibiting any symptoms.
“As of 2:38 pm today when I called the epidemiology officers of @LSMOH and the doctor that attended to him at the hospital in Lekki, he remains in perfect health with no symptoms of #nCoV2019.
“Nevertheless @LSMOH will continue to monitor his welfare till the end of his self-quarantine period. As of now, there is no suspected or confirmed case of #nCoV2019 in Lagos.”
This is coming just after the Federal government stated emphatically that anyone returning from China must be quarantined for at least 14 days.