The Lagos State Government through its Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi has debunked the rumour of suspected of cases of the Coronavirus Disease in Gowon Estate in the Alimosho Local Government Area of the state.
There had been social media rumour that some Chinese people who just returned from their country to their Gowon Estate residence were showing symptoms of the dreaded Coronavirus Disease.
In a statement released on Wednesday, the commissioner said, “there are no suspected or confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Lagos State contrary to fake news being circulated in the media.”
“In a bid to further investigate the rumour, the surveillance team of the Lagos State Ministry of Health and the Alimosho community stakeholders were in Gowon Estate and its environs – the alleged scene of the suspected cases, on February 9, 2019.
“The team interrogated residents living in and around Osoba Street in Alaguntan Ward, Segun Majekodunmi Street and other randomly selected houses in Alimosho but there were no Chinese nationals residing or carrying on business in and around any of the streets and communities visited.”
“The team expanded its search to hotels around Alimosho and Gowon Estate where a Taiwanese lady was identified to have visited one of the hotels but nothing concrete linking her to China was found. Three Egyptian nationals, who were sighted buying drugs at a particular pharmacy were also interrogated but were found to be businessmen who had no link whatsoever with China”
“The State surveillance team has scaled up its search by placing hotels and other resort centres on active surveillance to closely monitor visitors, travellers and non-nationals especially those of East Asian and Chinese origin,” he added.