'Lagos Begins Tracing Passengers In Contact With 3rd Corona Virus Victim' - Commissioner For Health, Akin Abayomi - Mackenzie Sky Blog

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'Lagos Begins Tracing Passengers In Contact With 3rd Corona Virus Victim' - Commissioner For Health, Akin Abayomi

COVID-19: Lagos Begins Contact Tracing - Prof. Abayomi
Commissioner For Health, Akin Abayomi
Lagos State government has given public notice that it has started an intensive contact tracing for the passengers that traveled with the third confirmed case of Coronavirus on British Airways.

The state Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, who disclosed this at a media briefing in Lagos, gave a public plea to those passengers that boarded the same plane with the victim to speak out so they can be given the necessary health care so as to prevent the spread of the virus.

He said that the third COVID-19 case came on a BA75 flight that arrived in Lagos on March 13, and had since been transferred to the infectious diseases Hospital at Yaba as a preventive measure and monitoring, together with her parents and one sibling.

Abayomi said: 

“We have started the contact tracing process and thankfully she obeyed the instruction and she confined herself to her home where she has been in contact with her immediate family.

“That helps us tremendously in contact tracing.

“We will be reaching out to the passengers of the flight as we did with the index case.

“But, while we are making this public announcement, anybody who was on that flight as a passenger should reach out to the emergency numbers or the new toll-free number – 0800-CORONA.”

Abayomi also said there were three suspected cases Coronavirus at the Mainland Hospital, Yaba.

According to him, the suspected cases are Nigerian that returned from the United States on March 10.

That the US returnees came through the Middle East and had developed symptoms of high fever and body pain.

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