The management of Lafarge and Ogun state government have debunked rumour of the closure of the cement production lines located in Ewekoro following the visit of the Coronavirus-infected Italian to company’s guest house,
It would be recalled that Lafarge Africa and its host, Ogun state government had confirmed on Friday that CONVID- 19 contacts, who include the driver who picked the infected Italian from an hotel in Ikeja and those served him food and drink, have now reached 39 from the 28 contacts earlier reported in media.
The state government, however , said that the production lines were not shut as the guest house where the Italian was lodged is 5-km to the manufacturing plants in Ewekoro.
Mr Segun Soyoye, Lafarge Industrial Director, speaking at the Lafarge facility, Ewekoro during an on-the-spot-assessment by Ogun state government team, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and World Health Organisation (WHO), declared that the Italian came to Lafarge facilities in Ewekoro to inspect some installations of machines bought from a Swedich firm and he didn’t go behind Lafarge guest at Ishofin estate before he was evacuated having developed abnormal temperatures that suggested he had been infected with Coronavirus.
He said: “The Italian came for a business visit. He was in Lagos on Monday and slept at Airport Hotel, Ikeja. Our driver took him there, and when we observed abrnomal temperatures and symptoms, we quickly instituted an Emergency Response Team which is led by the Company CEO, we have to find a way of analysing and identifying not only the Italian but also the other contacts.
“The contacts are now 39 and we have quarantined them, the house and clinic as well as the vehicles. We don’t take chances that is why they are put there.
“Today is Day 3, they will be there for 14 days, we will continue to observe them, we have there database, showing their biodata and other information.
“The doctor is here and what he is doing is to check them on a regular basis, so far everybody is stable, they are not symptomatic, we are providing everything for them over there.
“The other thing that I have not said is that the clinic that was used for the infected person is closed, disinfected and we moved everybody out, all the guys at duty that day, they were also quarantined, so they will be there for 14 days as well.”
Also speaking, Dr. Tomi Coker, Ogun State Commissioner for Health, commended Lafarge Africa management for measures taken so far, saying it was necessary for State and Federal Governments to swing into action to contain the spread of the deadly virus .
She explained that the state government had activated an Emergency Operation Committee (EOC) to manage any development that may arise from the reported case of Coronavirus, adding that the Government was currently working to contain the spread of the disease .
“We are on top of the situation. There is no cause for alarm. Our health educators are busy with advocacy efforts on the field,” she said.