The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Enahire has commended the Lagos State Government for its preparedness against the outbreak of infectious diseases, especially the Novel Coronavirus which is fast spreading across the world.
Dr. Osagie gave the commendation after a tour of facilities at the Mainland Hospital Yaba, which is the Lagos State Infectious Disease Hospital, IDH.
Addressing Journalists after the inspection, Dr. Ehanire expressed satisfaction at the level of infrastructure put in place by the Lagos State Government to effectively contain any infectious disease should the need arise.
The Minister said Lagos State Government had learnt lessons from the Ebola outbreak of 2014 and the experience and knowledge gained from the outbreak were evident in the current level of preparedness.
“I am highly impressed, happy and proud to see this level of preparedness, It is quite clear that Lagos has a clear-cut edge in managing infectious diseases and preparedness, I am extremely happy that Lagos is equipped in the area of knowledge built from the foundation it obtained from the 2014 Ebola outbreak which the state managed properly” The Minister said
Dr. Osagie who also inspected Lagos State Bio-bank; the highest Bio-safety level 3 laboratory in West Africa located within the Mainland Hospital, Yaba commended the State government for deploying additional thirty health personnel to assist with surveillance at the Ports entry.
The Lagos state Commissioner for Health Professor Akin Abayomi said the State Government through the Ministry of Health has been working hard to prevent the importation of Corona Virus into the State and ramping up its preparedness for containment should there be an outbreak.
While responding to news making the round about a suspected case of coronavirus in Alimosho local government area, Prof. Abayomi dismissed the news as fake emphasizing that for now, Lagos has no suspected or confirmed case of corona virus.
He appealed to Lagosians and Nigerians to stop spreading such rumour which could cause unnecessary panic.
“I want to use this opportunity to appeal to Lagosians and Nigerians that when you spread false rumours, it is actually very damaging. Though, it is testing our capacity to respond but is also very expensive and can cause panic in the community apart from the stigmatization it causes”, the Commissioner explained.