COVID-19: Sale of face masks, hand sanitisers rise in Lagos

Patronage of face mask, hand sanitisers, hand-washing soaps and gloves has increased as Lagos residents increase their level of preparedness of the outbreak of coronavirus in Nigeria.

This followed the confirmed outbreak in the Lagos consequently, pharmaceuticals stores in Ikeja, Ikorodu and Apapa show that in the early hours of the day, after the first case of the deadly disease was reported, people had come to request for these products.

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“We sold about 10 hand sanitizers this morning. About more than 20 people came in to buy them. And the people that did not get, placed orders for more. For now, we are not sure if we will get more but by Monday we will know,” Tomisi Akinyemi, a pharmacist at HealthPlus Limited, Ikeja stated.

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The same situation also happened in another pharmacy.

According to Tolu Esan, a pharmacist at Teen Pharmacy & Stores, the rush was much as it sold all the sanitizers and face masks that they had.

Other Diverse products like, health personnel protective equipment, hand-held infrared thermometer, among others, to help check the virus.

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The first case of the virus was reported when an Italian working in Nigeria tested positive in Lagos.

The Italian citizen who works in Nigeria flew into the commercial city of Lagos from Milan on 25 February.

Authorities say he is stable with no serious symptoms and is being treated at a hospital in the city.

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