The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, has said some persons suspected to have contacts with the Italian that brought coronavirus to Nigeria gave false information.
He was quoted as saying this in a press statement by the Director of Public Affairs, Ministry of Health, Tunbosun Ogunbanwo, on Monday.
According to the statement, Abayomi spoke during a stakeholders’ meeting with Chairmen of Local Governments, Community Development Associations and medical officers at the 57 LGAs and LCDAs.
Addressing journalists after the meeting, Abayomi said the contact list of the index case of COVID-19 in Lagos is over 100 and increasing daily.
He explained that the contact being traced includes 159 passengers on the aircraft, six people who came in contact with index case at the hotel, 35 people at the factory, two drivers and an ambulance driver.
He said, “We have managed to identify all of these people except some of those people on the aircraft who have either gone back to Europe, other states or other countries or gave false information on their forms.
“We are unrelenting in our quest and we are still trying to find the remaining passengers on that aircraft; and every day, we are finding more. Our contact list now is over 100 and it is increasing every day.”
Meanwhile, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, disclosed that two persons suspected and tested for Corona Virus Disease have tested negative to the infection.
“We have been testing a few suspicious cases. In fact, we tested two yesterday, they were both negative and both from Ogun State. We are very much on the lookout; our index of suspicion is very high and we have alerted all our medical facilities both public and private to be cautious about anybody who presents with fever, cough, cold, difficulty in breathing, diarrhea and body pains,” he added.