- The NNPC has dismissed insinuation of a mass outbreak of coronavirus infection in its estate
- The Corporation explained that it was a singular case who had just returned from the United Kingdom and developed symptoms of the decease
- NCDC officials undertook disinfection of the individual's flat and adjoining areas to eliminate the chances of community infection
A case of COVID-19 has been recorded at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) estate in the Garki area of Abuja.
This was confirmed by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the NNPC, Dr. Kennie Obateru, in a statement on Saturday, April 4.
Dismissing rumours of a mass outbreak of the disease in the estate, Obateru said it was a singular case, Daily Trust reports.
According to him, the individual who tested positive to COVID-19 was not a staff of the NNPC. He noted that the individual was a returnee from the United Kingdom.
He said: “The National Oil Company was aware of all the actions taken by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to tackle the singular case, which for now, has remained an isolated incident.
“The said case, involving a non-member of staff of the Corporation, had to do with the individual who had just returned from the United Kingdom and developed symptoms of the disease.”
Obateru stated that the individual was confirmed positive by the NCDC after undergoing a laboratory test and in line with the approved protocol.
He further stated that residents of the affected apartment were moved out and placed in isolation, while officials of NCDC disinfected the flat and adjoining areas to eliminate the chances of community infection.
In other news, veteran Nollywood actress, Sola Sobowale, has spoken up on the coronavirus pandemic and how dangerous it is.
In an Instagram post, Sobowale said the virus is not here to play and it is no respecter of persons. The film star said that the disease does not know rich or poor and that it can affect anybody.
Sobowale also said that when a person is found to be positive, the government takes the person to an isolation centre where they are separated from friends and family.
According to her, if such a person dies as a result of the virus, their bodies are not released back to the family for a proper send forth.
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