Lagos State Commissioner of Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, on Monday said there is no suspected or confirmed cases of Novel Coronavirus and warned residents against rumour mongering.
Abayomi issued the warning at the launch of an Incident Command System by the governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Abayomi further added that the WHO has declared the novel coronavirus a global health concern, saying this will make the State Government step up scrutinising travellers coming in from mostly affected region.
The Command System will have Sanwo-Olu as the Incident Commander while Prof. Abayomi will serve as the Deputy Incident Commander.
Sanwo-Olu, at the event, noted that relevant health professionals, in conjunction with the Federal ministry of health, would be deployed to the Lagos International Airport for a higher level of monitoring.
He assured that the Government and Non Governmental Organisations will continue to escalate communication and create public awareness.
“What we have started to do is to have what we call a heightened state concern on the Coronavirus. We are not declaring an emergency in any form but creating a heightened state concern.
“Also, the Honourable Commissioner through his Ministry will identify relevant health professionals that would, in conjunction with the Federal ministry of health, be deployed to our International Airports in Lagos where we would see higher level of monitoring as well as organised level of incidence reporting layout.”
“This command will go on until when we believe and we have been given assurance that we have a stable and controlled environment but in the meantime, this exercises are going to be put in place and we are going to start things immediately.
“I also want to mention that we have started providing both human and material logistics required for this exercise.
“All of our major General Hospitals are also being prepared in event of an outpour into any of them. The hospitals in mainland have tents coming up and extensive resources are being put in that particular health facility for them to be on standby in case of any suspected or identified case,” the governor said.