The Lagos State government has said that the Chinese citizen who presented himself at the Reddington Hospital, Ikeja, yesterday and suspected to have Coronavirus has tested negative to the virus.
The state Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, who made this known in a press statement today, Thursday, February 27, noted that the likelihood of COVID-19 infection in this particular patient was very low and the conclusion of investigations and sophisticated testing confirms that there is no case of Coronavirus in Lagos State as of now.
Prof. Abayomi said, “I would like to reassure Lagosians that our vigilance levels are very high and we are putting more measures in place to safe guard the state.”
Giving details of the investigation, Abayomi explained that the Ministry of Health’s attention was drawn to a suspected case of Coronavirus at Reddington Hospital; a private health facility located at Ikeja.
He added, “From our investigation, we gathered that a Chinese citizen who arrived in Nigeria from China seven weeks ago presented himself at Reddington Hospital yesterday 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.”
Appealing to citizens to refrain from posting unverified news that can cause unnecessary anxiety in community, Abayomi urged citizens to disregard any information about the novel Coronavirus that does not emanate from official communication channels of the Ministry of Health or his office.