The Dangote Oil Refinery Company located in Ibeju Lekki, Lagos, is currently harbouring a patient of coronavirus in its facility, a report has said.
The victim, an Indian pipe fitter, is said to have come into Nigeria through Cairo, Egypt, on March 12, 2020. He is said to have been suspected of having the deadly virus after he started having dry cough, fever, sore throat and difficulty in breathing.
After checks by one Dr Avijit Singh, a Russian-trained surgeon, he said the patient is likely down with coronavirus. His suspicion was based on the victim’s travel history, Cairo with over 150 known cases of the virus.
After isolating the patient, he fired off an email to the on-site safety officer, Akhil Kuniyil, detailing the incident with full disclosure of the patient’s travel history, location and suspected diagnosis. It is unclear whether anyone at Dangote Refinery attempted to establish contact with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the Federal Ministry of Health or the Lagos State Ministry of Health after becoming aware of this information.
The report further said a temperature scanner was only installed onsite on Monday, where hundreds of people are cramped in to check their temperatures, making it even easier to transmit the virus among workers.
The report further stated that the country may be facing an impending danger of a major outbreak as Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Health, is more concerned about using the fight against the virus to boost his alleged interest in contesting in the Edo governorship election.
It alleged that Ehanire has since stopped Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Director General of the National Centre for Disease Control, from speaking to the press independently. This decision is said to allow Ehanire appear at the forefront of the fight.
***with reports from newswirengr.com