Contact with CONVID-19 patient: 28 persons identified, quarantined in Ogun



Following contact with Nigeria’s first patient of Coronavirus, 28 persons have so far reported to be identified and quarantined in Ogun.

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, had on Friday, confirmed that an Italian citizen, working in Nigeria, returned to the country with COVID-19.

ChannelsTV reports Ogun governor, Dapo Abiodun, as confirming the development to journalists, while saying that the company where the Italian had visited in Ewekoro, had been shut down, while two isolation centres have been identified.

“The information we have is that the particular company in question has practically shut down and they have set up two isolation centres within the company. They have identified all those that have been in contact with this index, totalling about 28 so far and they have been quarantined.

“They are looking at interviewing these 28 people to know who they have been in contact with so that they can ensure these other people are quarantined,” he stated.

“We are not leaving any stone unturned; we have distributed a lot of items all the way to our local government and our primary health care centres; gloves, masks and protective equipment.

“We are quite worried that even from the time the sample is sent to the lab, it will take about 4 to 8 hours for the feedback; either positive or negative and the transit time from Ogun to Lagos state could be anywhere between 2 to 4 hours so that’s about 12 hours.

“We have decided that the isolation unit we have set up at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital is temporal; I have been in touch with Ministers of health, my counterpart in Lagos and the commissioner for health and we decided to upgrade our isolation centre to a full-fledge bio-security centre and the commissioner for health will be visiting Lagos and we will work together to immediately upgrade the centre in Sagamu,” he added.

“We are the contiguous state to Lagos; the industrial capital of this country and we shouldn’t be shocked that this has happened; Lagos is the gateway of the country and when someone comes into Lagos, they are coming into one of our industrial hubs or to do business in Ogun state and it’s not surprising that this situation is unfolding ahead of anywhere else in the country.”