We’ve Identified Those Who Had Contact With Italian Coronavirus Patient – Lafarge


Cement manufacturer, Lafarge Africa Plc, visited by the Italian, who is the first case of coronavirus in Nigeria, has confirmed he visited its plant in Ewekoro, Ogun state and that it has identified all employees who had direct contact with him.

The company spokesperson, Folashade Ambrose-Medebem, said this in a statement on Friday.

She however did not state their identity, neither did she say how many they are.

The statement read in part, “The Lagos State Government has reported a first case of n-COVID19 (Coronavirus) in Nigeria. The individual concerned works for a vendor that provides services to Lafarge Africa Plc in Ogun State.

“As a business, we have immediately identified the persons who had direct contact with the concerned individual. We have equally initiated isolation, quarantine and disinfection protocol.

“We thank the exemplary leadership of the federal ministry of health, Ogun and Lagos State Governments for swiftly providing response and testing facilities and we are working in full co-operation with all local authorities. Lafarge Africa is also working in close partnership with International SOS, our medical service provider, a leading global health company.

“Health and Safety remains a core value at Lafarge Africa and we intend to leverage this strength at this critical time.”

The infected Italian man had arrived at Murtala Muhammed International Airport via a Turkish Airline flight on Monday.

The patient spent the night at an undisclosed hotel near the airport and on Tuesday morning, he moved down to Ewekoro in Ogun, where he reportedly carried out business within company’s premises on Tuesday and in the early part of Wednesday.

Nothing has been said or heard about those who were on that flight with him and the employees of the hotel where he spent a night before proceeding to Eweroko.

The Italian, who was said to have spent the night within Lafarge premises, started to develop symptoms of high fever and body pains in the afternoon and was taken to the company’s medical facility.

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