Lagos denies rumour of Coronavirus, places hotels, resort centres on surveillance

Ebun Francis| The Lagos government on Wednesday said it has placed hotels and resort centres in the state on surveillance as part of the effort to prevent the outbreak of coronavirus.

The state commissioner for health, who made the disclosure to newsmen also dismissed the rumour that some Chinese, who recently returned to Alimosho local government area of the state from their country, have severe symptoms of the disease.

According to Abayomi, investigations conducted by the ministry showed no Chinese residing or conducting any business in Osoba close of Gowon Estate where people speculated that the incident occurred.

He equally explained that the team set up by the ministry after interviewing the chairman of Gemade Estate known to have affiliation with Chinese expatriates but discovered that the Chinese who had worked in his factory at Igbesa, Agbara, Ogun state, had returned to China in 2019 following the expiation of their work permit.

He said, “There are no suspected or confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Lagos State contrary to fake news being circulated in the media.”

“In a bid to further investigate the rumour, the surveillance team of the Lagos State Ministry of Health and the Alimosho community stakeholders were in Gowon Estate and its environs – the alleged scene of the suspected cases, on February 9, 2019.

“The team interrogated residents living in and around Osoba Street in Alaguntan Ward, Segun Majekodunmi Street and other randomly selected houses in Alimosho but there were no Chinese nationals residing or carrying on business in and around any of the streets and communities visited.

“The team expanded its search to hotels around Alimosho and Gowon Estate where a Taiwanese lady was identified to have visited one of the hotels but nothing concrete linking her to China was found, ” he said.

“Three Egyptian nationals, who were sighted buying drugs at a particular pharmacy were also interrogated but were found to be businessmen who had no link whatsoever with China.

“The State surveillance team has scaled up its search by placing hotels and other resort centres on active surveillance to closely monitor visitors, travellers and non-nationals especially those of East Asian and Chinese origin.”

Abayomi firther stated that phone numbers of Alimosho LGA disease surveillance notification officer were given to relevant stakeholders in the event they come in contact with any Chinese national living in the area or anyone arriving from China into the state.

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