Lagos State Government has announced that the Chinese citizens presented at the Reddington Hospital, Ikeja on Wednesday on suspicion of being infected with Coronavirus has tested negative and it citizens should be aware that the state government will not take chances concerning the health issue.
Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, made this known through a press statement on Thursday, saying that no trace of the virus was diagnosed.
“The likelihood of COVID-19 infection in this particular patient was very low and the conclusion of investigations and sophisticated testing confirmed that no case of Coronavirus exists in Lagos State till date.“I would like to reassure Lagosians that our vigilance levels are very high and we are putting more measures in place to safeguard the state.”
Abayomi went further to explain the reason for the investigation performed on the patient saying that an alarm was raised when the patient complained about having a fever.
“The Ministry of Health’s attention was drawn to a suspected case of Coronavirus at Reddington Hospital, a private health facility located at Ikeja but from our investigations, we gathered that a Chinese citizen who arrived Nigeria from China seven weeks ago was presented at Reddington Hospital yesterday (Wednesday) complaining about fever.“The hospital, in keeping with the advisory we earlier issued, correctly maintained a high index of suspicion, isolated the patient and reported the case to the Ministry.“We took up the case, transferred the patient to the State Isolation Unit at the Mainland hospital which is our specialised infectious disease hospital. His blood samples were taken to the Virology laboratory for analysis and it came out negative.”
He appealed to the residents to refrain from disseminating false news that is capable of causing unnecessary anxiety in the community and urged residents to disregard any contrary information that does not emanate from official communication channels of the Ministry of Health or his office.