Coronavirus: Dangote Refinery quarantines Indian employee

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Dangote Refinery on Monday quarantined an Indian assistant pipe fitter, Jaynath Kumar, after he complained of running a high temperature and a site throat.

The refinery was responding to a tweet by a whistleblower, Akinpelumi Akinboye, who alleged that the matter was being suppressed by the management.

He claimed that he deleted the tweet after receiving a call from an unstated source but changed his mind and decided to report the matter to the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control.

A tweet from NCDC showed that it is already investigating the matter.

An internal memo on the matter, which was leaked to the media, showed that the Indian reported at the refinery’s clinic on Monday with high temperature of 38.5cc, sore throat and severe difficulty in breathing.

Suspecting Coronavirus, the clinic immediately isolated the Indian especially since he came into the country from Mumbai, India on March 12, 2020 via Cairo, Egypt.

Commenting on the matter, Dangote Refinery said in a statement: “Dangote reaction to the above

Dangote fertilizer contractor staff quarantined

The attention of the management of Dangote Industries Limited has been drawn to a flash report of a suspected case of a personnel currently being kept in isolation at the Mainland hospital, Yaba, Lagos.

We will like to state that an Indian national who is a staff of Onshore Construction Company-a mechanical, electrical and instrumentation contracting firm that specializes in fertilizer construction reported at the Site clinic complaining of high temperature and fever.

His complaint triggered our Co-Vid 19 Preparation and Prevention Protocols which necessitated further screening and isolation immediately. Mr. Akhil Kunyil, of the Health and Safety Environment of the Onshore Company reported the development to the management following which local authorities were contacted. The patient was immediately conveyed to the Lagos Mainland hospital Center, where he is currently being isolated and undergoing tests.

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As an organisation we have taken the following stringent proactive measures across our entire group:

1) Development of a comprehensive risk identification, control priotization and escalation plan executed by our Co-Vid19 Task Force constituted in January 2020.
2) Identification and retention of a competent team of medical consultants
3) Travel ban for all employees to/from high risk countries as per W.H.O publications of country exposures
4) Travel tracking of all employees and contractors staff arriving/leaving Nigeria and obligations for completion of medical checks to validate health status
5) Implementation of use of Thermal cameras across our various sites as well as infrared thermometers checking in smaller office locations
6) Identification and creation where applicable of holding , isolation and quarantine areas
7) Implementation of use of sanitizers across all locations : sites and offices
8) Multiple and continous awareness campaigns on preventative measures to be taken (both electronic and physical i.e posters, public announcements)

The above measures are continually updated as the situation globally evolves and we will continue to do so. The welfare of our employees and the nation as a whole remains our utmost priority.”

This brings to four the number of suspected positive cases of Coronavirus in Nigeria.

A Nigerian lady in her 30s reported at the Mainland Hospital in Yaba Lagos State after she went down with symptoms of Coronavirus.

She returned to Nigeria from the United Kingdom on March 30 and is currently being isolated at the hospital.