coronavirus: 28 workers quarantined with Lafarge factory shut down in Ogun State
28 people have been identified and quarantined over fears of coronavirus in Lafarge factory based in Ewekoro Local Government Area, Ogun State.
On Friday, the Federal Ministry of Health confirmed the country’s first case of the deadly disease in an Italian whose identity is not yet confirmed.
The patient who is currently at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, visited the Lafarge factory and supposedly came in contact with several workers.
The cement factory has been shut down and several employees quarantined.
A clinic situated inside the cement factory has also been shut down while staff are currently isolated after fears grew that the Italian had been in contact with many persons in Ogun State before he was rushed to Lagos for medical help.
Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, in reaction to the development said that efforts are on to identify and quarantine more contacts to prevent the spread of the virus.
“The information we have is that the particular company in question has practically shut down and they have set up two isolation centres within the company. They have identified all those that have been in contact with this index, totalling about 28 so far and they have been quarantined,” Governor Abiodun said in a press conference.
“They are looking at interviewing these 28 people to know who they have been in contact with so that they can ensure these other people are quarantined.
The Governor also revealed the steps his administration is taking to curtail an outbreak of the disease in the state.
“We are not leaving any stone unturned; we have distributed a lot of items all the way to our local government and our primary health care centres; gloves, masks and protective equipment,” he continued.
“We are quite worried that even from the time the sample is sent to the lab, it will take about 4 to 8 hours for the feedback; either positive or negative and the transit time from Ogun to Lagos state could be anywhere between 2 to 4 hours so that’s about 12 hours.
“We have decided that the isolation unit we have set up at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital is temporal; I have been in touch with Ministers of health, my counterpart in Lagos and the commissioner for health and we decided to upgrade our isolation centre to a full-fledge bio-security centre and the commissioner for health will be visiting Lagos and we will work together to immediately upgrade the centre in Sagamu.”