The Lagos State Government Government says it is intensifying efforts in the search for two more persons yet to be identified who were amongst the passengers aboard the Turkish airline the index case flew on.
Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi who disclosed this Thursday to journalists while giving updates on the #COVID-19 control efforts in Lagos, explained that out of the 15 people who were yet to be identified as at Wednesday 4th March, 13 had been identified bringing the number of unidentified passengers who came aboard the flight to Lagos to two.
The Commissioner had earlier Wednesday said that the Turkish Airline boarded by the #COVID-19Lagos index case had 149 passengers on board noting that 15 out of the 80 passengers on the flight who are Lagos based were yet to be identified.
He said the State government will continue in its search for yet to be identified persons and will not rest on its oars until everyone on the flight who reside in Lagos are identified.
He noted that the World Health Organization is assisting with contact tracing of passengers on the same flight who had left the shores of Nigeria, adding that Lagos State Government is practicing very aggressive public health surveillance as a measure to break the circle of transmission of #COVID-19 in the State
While responding to questions on the index case who is presently in isolation at the Mainland Infectious Disease Hospita, Abayomi said the patient is clinically stable and responding well to treatment.
The Commissioner however disclosed that a suspected case of #COVID-19 is presently in isolation at the Mainland Hospital,bringing to a total number of three Persons now in Isolation in Lagos State.
Said he, “The suspect; a Nigerian who had stayed in France for seven days and returned to Lagos Nigeria three days ago presenting with headache and some respiratory symptoms, and because he has been in a country where there is active person to person transmission, it could be a common cold but there is a possibility that he could be COVID-19.