28 People Who Had Contact With First Coronavirus Patient Quarantined In Ogun

28 People Who Had Contact With First Coronavirus Patient Quarantined In Ogun

By Ebenezer Olatunji | News Reporter on February 29, 2020
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Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun
Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun

At least, 28 people have been quarantined in Ogun State over the first case of the deadly Coronavirus recorded in the country, Governor Dapo Abiodun said on Friday, February 28, 2020.

An Italian was diagnosed with the deadly Coronavirus in Lagos on Thursday, while the victim travelled to Ogun State and had contact with workers of cement manufacturing company, Lafarge based in Ewekoro, Ogun.

Following the development, the government shut down the company on Friday, February 28, 2020.

Abiodun, at a news conference in Abeokuta said the state government had converted the guest house of the company into a quarantined centre to monitor workers who had contact with the index case.

He said immediately the index case was discovered, he was tranferred to the Bio-Security Centre in Lagos State in a special ambulance with the health personnel fully kitted, for isolation and treatment.

“The particular company in question has been shut down and the 28 people who had contact with the index case, an Italian have been quarantined,” he said.

The governor said the state was leaving nothing to chance in ensuring that the disease was curtailed, adding that the government had distributed lots of items, such as gloves, masks, protective devices, among others to health workers and stepped up advocacy.

He added that the isolation unit already set up at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital would be stepped up and upgraded to a full fledged Bio-Security Centre to curtail the spread of the disease.

Abiodun also said that the government had set up disease surveillance centres in all local governments of the state and that the government was in touch with the National Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, to collaborate to fight the disease.

“We are on top of the situation, but people must maintain proper hygiene, like washing of hands with soap and sanitizers. People should report any suspicious cases to us for prompt action,” he stated.

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