Spread Of COVID-19 Forces Health Center In Lagos To Close Down

Newly commissioned Isolation Facility Yaba II by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, donated by CACOVID, on Sunday, June 28, 2020.
Newly commissioned Isolation Facility Yaba II by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, donated by CACOVID, on Sunday, June 28, 2020.

Yemisi Izuora

The spread of COVID-19 among staff members has forced the Meiran Primary Health Centre at Agbado/Oke-Odo Local Council Development Area, Lagos State, on Sunday, January 10, to shut down services.

This was confirmed in a statement issued by Mosunmola Olabige, Chief Press Secretary to Agbado/Oke-Odo LCDA Chairman, David Famuyiwa, in a statement titled ‘COVID-19: Council Chairman Close Down Meiran PHC’.

The statement quoted Famuyiwa as shutting down the health centre to curb the spread of the virus among other workers and patients.

The statement read, “In a swift reaction to contain and avert the spread of coronavirus in the communities; the Chairman of Agbado/Oke-Odo LCDA has ordered the immediate closure of Meiran Primary Health Centre.

“This became necessary as some members of staff of the health centre tested positive; for the dreaded COVID-19 virus.

“The Chairman also ordered the immediate contact tracing of their colleagues and associates; as well as patients who visited the facility in the last few days.

“He also used the medium to admonish the community members to take responsibility for their health and life; by avoiding social events that attract large gatherings; and by likewise adhering strictly to the laid down guidelines of the use of face masks; regular handwashing and also the use of sanitisers; maintaining adequate social distancing while in public places in order to flatten the curve of the pandemic.”

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu cautioned Nigerians against the belief that the existence of coronavirus is a hoax.

Sanwo-Olu said, “Lagosians, COVID-19 is not a glamorous disease; neither is it a hoax. You need to follow the safety guidelines to safeguard your friends and loved ones.”

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control said the country’s COVID-19 infections increased from 97,478 on January 8 to 99,063 on Saturday; indicating 1,585 new infections, and with eight additional COVID-19 related deaths in the last 24 hours.

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