Lagos State Commissioner of Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, made it known on Wednesday 29th January, 2020 in Lagos at a media briefing about the level of preparedness in the state to prevent or contain the spread of Coronavirus to the country.
The Commissioner said that they State is collaborating with China to prevent the disease from spreading into the country. He said the collaboration was to ensure that the Chinese nationals who had travelled to China for the New Year festival remained there in order to avoid the spread of the virus to Nigeria.
According to the Commissioner, the state government had collaborated with the Embassy to ensure that those who insisted on coming to Nigeria were quarantined upon arrival.
He also hinted that the state would provide free medical treatment to anyone with the disease that turns up at any of its health facilities, as part of the strategies to reduce spread of the virus, if eventually it gets into the country. This is to ensure that residents do not stay away from hospital due to paucity of funds and resort to self medication, which he said would spread the virus.
The commissioner said that the ministry was also collaborating with the Federal Ports Authority at air, land and sea border posts to elevate screening and surveillance of the incoming travellers.
He advised residents to maintain high level of personal and environmental hygiene toward safeguarding themselves from the infectious diseases.
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