Coronavirus: Lagos to quarantine travellers from China, Asian countries

Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, has said the Chinese government through her embassy in Nigeria is working with the Lagos State Government to prevent the entry of Corona Virus into the state.

This was contained in a press statement by the Director of Public Affairs, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Tunbosun Ogunbanwo, on Wednesday.

The statement quoted Abayomi as saying that “the areas of cooperation include the issuing of advisory on travel between China and Lagos and self-quarantine of persons coming in from China and other endemic countries especially from South-East Asia to Lagos.”

The commissioner noted that the Chinese government had sent notification to her citizens to remain in China until there was clarity about the spread of the infection.

He added that the Chinese government had also instructed that their citizens who chose to return to Nigeria should be self-quarantined for 10 to 14 days.

He said, “We are very happy with the cooperation we are receiving from the Chinese government. We’ve had a very serious and high-level discussion with the Chinese government through their embassy in Lagos, our primary concern has been the return of their citizens to Lagos in a few days’ time and we are happy to inform you that the embassy of China is also concerned about this.

“They have sent out information through notifications to their citizens and companies located in Lagos that their citizens should try and remain in China until there is clarity about how this infection is going.

“However, if some of them choose to return, and we cannot restrict people, if they do return to Lagos, the instruction from the Chinese Embassy is that they should be quarantined for a period of 10 to 14 days in their houses, hostels and accommodations.”

The Commissioner added that officials of the Ministry of Health would meet with associations and businessmen in Lagos particularly those who make use of the China-Nigeria trade routes to advise them on their travels to Asian countries, particularly China.

“Lagos is also particularly vulnerable because of its peculiar nature; it is the largest megacity in Africa, it has a very high dense population and it has many high-density residential locations and a significant number of slums and therefore it becomes particularly vulnerable to outbreak spread and it is our duty to ensure that we put all strategies in place to try and prevent the entry or the spread of the virus in our communities,” the Commissioner said.

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