Coronavirus: Lagos goes after purveyor of fake news



*Debunks story of reported cases

*Begins surveillance on livestock over Monkey Pox

Lagos State government on Sunday said it would do everything humanly possible to track the purveyor fake news of suspected case coronavirus in Alimosho Local Government Area in the state.
Following the fake news, which trended on social media, the government said it immediately activated the state’s Ministry of Health Surveillance and Biosecurity unit activities which commenced surveillance in conjunction with local government authorities.

The government said that Osoba Close or street was not found in Gowon Estate as speculated in the rumoured outbreak.
Speaking on the rumour, the state Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, said that all available intelligence gathering strategies were used and there was no trace of anyone or any street where the suspected coronavirus victims were reported to be.

He said: “Using all available intelligence from the key community members (ward locals, councilors, motor bike riders, market women, bar tenders), programmatic implementation maps and Google maps, major streets in Gowon Estate were thoroughly searched.

“We will continue our investigation today 9th Febuary with full cooperation from the DPO of the Nigeria Police Force in Gowon Estate, through the intervention of the Chairman Mosan Okunola LCDA, who has promised to reinforce our surveillance team. The search ended at 18 minutes past midnight on 9/2/2020.”

The professor, however, added that if the report turns out to be fake news, the purveyor of such malicious story will be dealt for making the state to embark onwaste of human and other government resources and unnecessary inducement of panicking and anxiety in community caused by mischievous elements.

And in a related development, the Lagos State government in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) and African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) has begun a surveillance tour of livestock and bush meat markets across the state to test animals for possible monkey pox.

The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Prince Gbolahan Lawal, who disclosed this when he received in audience members of the One Health Team of the National Center for Disease Control, noted that the exercise is aimed at preventing the outbreak of monkey pox disease in the state.

Lawal explained that the monkey pox disease is a trans boundary viral disease that is common among people that have had contact with wild animals and which typically presents clinically with fever, rash and swollen lymph nodes.

“Small pox is also a viral zoonotic disease caused by the monkey pox virus and it occurs primarily in tropical rainforest areas of Central and West Africa and it is mostly transmitted to people from wild animals such as rodents and primates, although human to human transmission also occurs, usually by contact with an infected person’s body fluid, lesions, respiratory droplets as well as contaminated materials such as beddings,” he averred.


The Commissioner reiterated the commitment of the state government to ensuring the safety of lives of Lagosians hence it would do all that needed to be done to prevent the emergence of the disease in the state.

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