Kaduna state government has held an emergency strategy meeting to set up Rapid Response Mechanism against COVID-19 popularly known as CORONA virus.
The state Deputy Governor, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe this afternoon engaged staff of the state Ministry of Health, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and Infectious Disease Control Centre (IDCC) in the emergency meeting at government house Kaduna.
The meeting was a proactive approach and measures by the state government against the disease, which was reported in Lagos.
From Lagos State, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo Olu has appealed to residents not to panic about the confirmed Coronavirus case in the State.
Addressing a news conference at the Lagos House, Marina, alongside the Commissioner for Health and some other too members of his cabinet Governor Sanwo- Olu assured Lagos residents that his administration in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Health and relevant stakeholders are doing everything possible to ensure the successful management of the patient who is said to be in stable condition.
The governor advised residents to maintain a high level of personal and environmental hygiene.
On the itinerary of the patient identified as an Italian Citizen, the Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi said that he came into Lagos from Milan, Italy enroute Istanbul on a Turkish airlines on Monday this week and did not exhibit any symptoms, slept over at a Hotel in Lagos from where he left for Ogun State.
Professor Abayomi revealed that the patient fell ill on Wednesday while still in Ogun State and was brought over to Lagos on Thursday where he tested positive to COVID-19 and has been confined at the isolation facility at the Mainland Hospital Yaba.
According to the Commissioner, the patient is showing no acute symptoms of the virus yet.
Correspondent reports that the commissioner said the management of the company where the patient work in Ogun State have been cooperating with the government and had also put in place monitoring mechanisms for all those who came in contact with the patient.
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