Rumors making the round in Bayelsa state said some China nationals who recently returned from Wuhan in China and are treating themselves of symptoms similar to that of a Coronavirus in Okaka Estate,Yenagoa, Bayelsa state capital.
The unverified message Is being shared on social media medium ,particularly on WhatsApp warning the residents members avoid going to public places .
Excerpt from the message read thus “Kindly advice and forward to any of your family members or relations to avoid going near any bar, office or Business where Chinese people are gathered at this time around Okaka Estate and Okaka environs.”
“Save a life by forwarding. Thanks “
But in a swift reaction, a director of Public health in the state , Dr Jones Stow said report is unfounded and created by mischief makers to create tension in the state .
He said , “The Bayelsa State Ministry of Health sent an investigating team of health care workers led by the state epidemiologist and security personnel as regards to the rumors circulating on WhatsApp of Chinese People in Road 5 in Okaka Estate having severe symptoms of Corona Virus who newly returned from Wuhan in China and are treating themselves of symptoms similar to that of a Coronavirus patient in Okaka Estate, Yenagoa.“
“Investigations have been carried out in flats in Okaka estate as well as contacts made to the management of the estate. There are no chinese people living on the estate and no other evidence to such malicious fake news.”
“The entire public is advice to stay calm and don’t panic.The State Ministry and surveillance officers are prepared and alert. “
“Instead of circulating rumors, we kindly advice you call the following numbers 08039216821 , 08037376248 for any information.”