Ogun Govt Quarantined 28 Contact Persons, Lafarge Africa Shutdown Over COVID-19

The Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun on Friday said that 28 people who were in contact with the coronavirus infected Italian have already been quarantined in the State.

The Italian was diagnosed with the deadly Coronavirus in Lagos on Thursday, while the victim travelled to Ogun State and had contact with workers of Lafarge Africa Plc were he is a consultant.

Abiodun, at a news conference in Abeokuta said the state government had converted the guest house of the company into a quarantined centre to monitor workers who had contact with the index case.

The government also said the firm has been shut down.

Similarly, the company, Lafarge Africa Plc revealed that it had identified the persons who had direct contact with the individual who tested positive to Coronavirus in Nigeria.

The company stated this in a statement on Friday by Folashade Ambrose-Medebem, Director, Communications, Public Affairs and Sustainable Development made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

Ambrose-Medebem said that the company had equally initiated isolation, quarantine and disinfection protocol at Ewekoro plant.

“As a business, we have immediately identified the persons who had direct contact with the concerned individual.

“The individual concerned works for a vendor that provides services to Lafarge Africa Plc in Ogun State,” she stated.

Ambrose-Medebem commended the exemplary leadership of the federal ministry of health, Ogun and Lagos State Governments for swiftly providing response and testing facilities.

She noted that the company was working fully with all the 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,” Ambrose-Medebem added.

“In the last 12 hours, the first case of the chronic virus has been identified in Nigeria and the individual was visiting Ogun State.

“The individual is of Italian origin and he is a consultant to the Lafarge, Ewekoro factory,” the company said early on Friday.

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