The recent outbreak of coronavirus, which includes resulted from the untimely death of the number of Chinese and citizens of other countries, during the last couple of weeks, has hit hospitality businesses in Lagos, Nigeria below the belt, investigation reveals..
Media reports around the world disclosed the death in China raised one,113 deaths and 44,653 infections the very first week the outbreak.
Hubei, the location where the virus originated, was the worst hit, forcing other countries to instantly evacuate their citizens from China.
Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesusnof the World Health Organization, told the world the virus poses a “grave threat”and it might have “more powerful consequences than any terrorist action”.
Catholic Pope Francis also known as for “a prayer quickly scans the blogosphere to our Chinese siblings who are suffering from this kind of cruel disease,” the pontiff said during his weekly general audience on the Vatican”.
Speaking on Wednesday Okanlawon Folarin, Sunrise Chinese Restaurant, located at Aromire, Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos, said how the first week genital herpes broke out, a 30 % drop within the sales was recorded as part of his restaurant ”
His words: “We quickly contacted fumigation expert who arrived the premises with the restaurant with alcohol-based fumigation and be sure that all the doors, tables, and chairs were fumigated”.
According to him, thereafter we bought sanitizers and gave a purchase order that Chinese citizens needs to be encouraged to send their drivers to acquire foods, since there we were not sure if these Chinese are resident in Lagos or simply arrive a state.
He further explained that even some Nigerians and citizens of other countries stopped patronizing their restaurant during the primary two weeks from the outbreak and simply began to come to see things in trickles once the federal plus the Lagos state government started to roll out jingles and statements on the herpes simplex virus.
Even the O-PAY staff has also been banned temporarily from coming to obtain food and also other items inside restaurant, while we sold N15,000 or less through the weeks the outbreak was reported.
Adeoti Bisola, manager present, Airport Hotel, Ikeja stated that for some time now, Chinese citizens have not been visiting the hotel.
She also disclosed that fourteen days before the outbreak, the whole hotel was fumigated, but lamented that since breakout, low patronage, triggered by panic and fear has become recorded.
The manager commended that this management on the Nigerian Tribune for always supplying the resort with copies of that newspapers.
A female manager with Jabita Intercontinental Hotel Limited, Ikeja, Lagos, who spoke off record also lamented poor patronage, and panic among lodgers while others.
A manager with a Chinese restaurant, located at Isaac John Street, Ikeja GRA, declared that though the outbreak of herpes does not the slightest bit affect the payment in the salaries on the staff for the present time, whether it lingers on, the some staff might be fired plus the salaries paid in installments.
Bassey Okon, a supervisor at the Chinese Restaurant located along Adeola Adeku in Victoria Island; Lagos said on phone that Chinese restaurants and hotels are in the receiving end in the rampaging virus.
These business concerns should endure the current pains, create standards and turn into vigilant in order not to become caught off guard while genital herpes ravages on, he stated.