28th February, 2020
Lafarge Africa Plc said it has identified all the persons who had direct contact with the visiting Italian who tested positive to Coronavirus in Nigeria.
Folashade Ambrose-Medebem, the company’s Director Communications, Public Affairs and Sustainable Development said this 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.
The Lagos State Ministry of Health earlier on Friday confirmed the first case of the disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria, the first in West Africa since the outbreak in China in December.
“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,” Lagos health ministry said.