The State Commissioner for Health in Lagos State, Prof. Akin Abayomi, has stated that the Chinese citizen at Reddington Hospital in Ikeja has tested negative to Coronavirus.
Rumours had surfaced that Lagos State confirmed its first case of COVID-19 after the Chinese citizen visited the hospital due to an ailment.
However, this has now been debunked by Abayomi who stated that the likelihood of the patient having COVID-19 is very low.
He also assured Lagosians of their safety by revealing measures the state is putting in place against the virus.
“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”, he said.
He also revealed that the Ministry of Health has been made aware of the suspected case of Coronavirus in Lagos.
“From our investigation, we gathered that a Chinese citizen who arrived in Nigeria from China 7 weeks ago presented 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”, the Commissioner said.