Italian infected with Covid-19 visited Ogun – Officials

Dapo Abiodun

Ogun State Government has said that the Italian who has been confirmed as Nigeria’s first case of coronavirus (Covid-19) visited the state.

Commissioner for Health, Tomi Coker, said on Friday that he visited Ewekoro in Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State.

The Italian had arrived in Nigeria on Tuesday via Murtala Muhammad International Airport in Lagos.

According to Coker, the Italian visited a manufacturing company (name withheld) in Ewekoro community, adding that the facility has since been quarantined in accordance with health safety standards.

The commissioner, who abandoned her bed rest to attend to the public health emergency, said at a press briefing that the state has epidemiologists and infectious disease consultants already handling the situation with support from the Lagos State Government and Federal Government.

She said efforts are in place to get in touch with people that have had contact with the established index case.

The commissioner advised the public to wash their hands regularly, cover their mouth and nose while sneezing or coughing and to report to the nearest public health centre if they notice any sign of cold, cough and respiratory difficulty.