In a statement released on Friday morning by the State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, the Ministry of Health in Lagos State has confirmed its first case of the deadly Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria since the outbreak in China in January 2020.
The virus is spreading fast and it has been reported in over 20 countries across Asia, the Middle East, Europe and lately in Africa.
The victim is an Italian traveller, who reportedly arrived in Nigeria on Tuesday from Milan on a business trip through the Murtala Muhammad International Airport in Lagos.
The victim, whose name was withheld, is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.
The Lagos State Government said it has reported the case to the Federal Ministry of Health.
The statement from the government read, “The case is an Italian citizen who entered Nigeria on the 25th of February from Milan, Italy for a brief business visit.
“He fell ill on the 26th February and was transferred to Lagos State Biosecurity Facilities for isolation and testing. COVID-19 infection was confirmed by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, part of the Laboratory Network of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
“The patient is clinically stable, with no serious symptoms, and is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.”
The state government said it is working with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and other preparedness groups to ensure the case is effectively managed out of circulation.
Yesterday, the Senate had tongue-lashed the Federal Government for not being efficient and doing enough to screen passengers coming into the country from the nation’s airports and seaports.