The attention of the Lagos State Government has been drawn to various bogus stories, especially on the social media, in regard of the identification and quarantined of the 44-year-old Italian, who tested positive to Coronavirus, on his arrival from a business trip to Turkey.
One of the stories claimed that the patient became angry and attempted to escape from the isolation ward because of what it portrayed as the inadmissible state of the Infectious Diseases Control Hospital in Yaba.
Another said that a person, who professed to have driven the Italian to Ogun State, got away from medical clinic and has taken steps to spread the infection all over Nigeria. He is said to look for N100m for his family to stop him from the ‘suicide mission’.
It is disheartening that some mischief makers are handling of the Coronavirus issue with levity and peddling fake news at a time medical science is focused on how to stop the disease.
This situation calls for cautiousness and soberness, not mischievous jokes and frivolities.
The Lagos State Government, in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Health and the Ogun State Government, stays concentrated on entrenching measures to contain the infection and won’t be distracted by activities of those who appear to be unconscious to the gravity of the situation.
This isn’t a period for intrigues. Every Lagosian is required to support the government’s efforts at battling this situation and avoiding potential risk required to forestall a pandemic.
All residents should disregard any piece of information that doesn’t emanate from official sources – the Federal Ministry of Health, the Lagos State Ministry of Health and the National Centre for Disease Control.
Members from the public are beseeched to call the Lagos State Emergency Hotlines – 08023169485, 08033565529, 08052817243 – to report any suspected case with Coronavirus.