Nigeria has had its first confirmed case of the COVID-19 in Lagos State.
The Lagos State Ministry of Health confirmed the case and reported it to the Federal Ministry of Health.
The case, confirmed on the 27th of February is the first confirmed case in Nigeria since its outbreak in Wuhan, China.
A statement signed by Dr. E. Osagie Ehanirie (MD, FWACS), the Honourable minister of health reads,
“The Federal Ministry of Health has confirmed a Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) case in Lagos State, Nigeria. The case, which was confirmed on the 27th of February 2020, is the first case to be reported in Nigeria since the outbreak in China in January 2020.
The case is an Italian citizen who entered Nigeria on the 25th of Feburary from Milan, Italy for a brief business visit. He fell ill on the 26th February and was transfered to Lagos State Biosecurity Facilities for isolation and testing. COVID-19 infection was confirmed by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, part of the Laboratory Network of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. The patient is clinically stable, with no serious symptoms, and is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.
The Government of Lagos State under the Governor as the COVID-19 Incident Commander, through the the Lagos State Ministry of Health, has been strengthening measures to ensure that any outbreak in Lagos is controlled and contained quickly in collaboration with the multi-sectoral Coronavirus Preparedness Group, led by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). We have immediately activated the State Emergency Operations Centre to respond to this case and implement firm control measures.
Below is a snapshot of the letter;
The news broke out after Saudi Arabia suspended entry for Umrah and tourism from countries with confirmed cases of the Virus.