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Coronavirus: We Remain Committed To Helping Contain The Disease — LASEMA

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The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency on Sunday said it had identified the testing locations and established clear routes and action plan for retrieval of self reported cases of the deadly coronavirus.

It also said that training had been carried out across the ambulance and call centre agents in identifying symptoms with a direct access to the EOC.

In a statement signed by LASEMA DG, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, the agency said it remained committed to supporting the Ministry of Health with its resources such as ambulance and paramedic support with appropriate safety protocols for the movement of suspected and or confirmed cases.

“Prior to the arrival of the index case, the Agency in collaboration with the primary health care board had trained 342 medical personnel across the 20 LGAs and 37 LCDAs.

“Since then, the agency has identified and trained 5 first responders within the Early Warning System at Grassroots level at EACH of the 57 LCDAs and LGAs for a defined escalation system.

“In line with best practice, agency personnel are working on advice and information for advocacy.

“These include a reminder that those who have the following indications should contact the identified helplines as well as the emergency numbers.

“Fever or symptoms of respiratory illness (e.g., cough or shortness of breath) in someone who’s had close contact with another person with a positive COVID-19 test result.

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“Fever and symptoms of respiratory illness severe enough to require hospitalization in someone who traveled to a country with widespread or sustained community transmission of COVID-19.

“Fever and severe pneumonia requiring hospitalization without an alternative explanatory diagnosis (such as the flu).

“We will be upgrading the protective gear and decontamination protocols for all our personnel. We remain on standby to support all responders across stakeholder agencies,” the statement read.

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