- The Lagos state government is taking concrete steps to ensure the coronavirus does not spread in the megacity
- A health emergency structure has been set up by the government in the unlikely event of outbreaks of the virus in Lagos
- Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu is the incident commander himself
The Lagos government on Monday, February 3 launched an incident command system in the state to prevent an outbreak of coronavirus in Nigeria's commercial capital.
A statement by Gboyega Akosile, spokesman to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, revealed that the health emergency structure is being set up to help with containment in the unlikely event of outbreaks of the virus in Lagos.
Governor Sanwo-Olu, while launching the incident command system said the measure is not to stigmatise citizens of any country but a precautionary one taken in the interest of Lagosians and by extension, Nigerians.
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Governor Sanwo-Olu himself is the incident commander while the commissioner for health will serve as the deputy incident commander.
According to the governor, the command will be in operation for the period of time the risk lasts, while assuring that adequate preparation has been carried out to tackle the virus.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Senate has urged the federal ministry of aviation to ensure that all persons arriving from China, especially the Chinese citizens from Nigeria, should self-isolate by staying indoors in their homes for at least two weeks before mixing up with the Nigerian public.
The Senate further urged Nigerians to report any case(s) of likely infection or with symptoms that approximate to those associated with coronavirus to visit the hospitals for an urgent health check.
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