The Lagos State government thought it right to call the attention of residents to follow strict COVID-19 guidelines so as to prevent a second wave that may lead to the lockdown of the economy.
Professor Akin Abayomi, who is the Commissioner for Health in Lagos, sounded the warning on Tuesday stating that a comeback of COVID cases in Lagos may be the undoing of the calculated measures put in place by the government to open up the economy.
He stated that of worthy mention is the effort the administration put in place so as to prevent a second wave seeing that other countries are currently experiencing a second and even a third wave of the COVID pandemic.
Abayomi went on to explain that these affected countries have had to go on a second lockdown and the resultant effect of such an action won’t be lost on both the economy and security details of the nation.
“The first case of COVID-19 in Nigeria was recorded in Lagos on the 27th of February 2020. Lagos has since become the epicentre of the outbreak in Nigeria with a record of 21,107 confirmed cases and 212 deaths from the virus till date,” he was quoted as saying in a statement by Tunbosun Ogunbanwo, the spokesperson for the ministry.
He added, “The containment measures put in place at the time included COVID-19 testing, isolation and treatment, surveillance, total shutdown of the state for about 12 weeks and a partial shutdown of social, economic and academic activities for over four months.”
The commissioner apprised that the utter disregard of COVID-19 guidelines by citizens may result in a second wave of the infection in Lagos State.
As a result, he took it upon himself to urge residents of the state to desist from unnecessary movement and social functions. And except in dire consequences, traveling in and out of the country should be dissuaded.
Abayomi condemned the fact that wearing of facemask, social distancing, and washing of hands, which are normal COVID-19 practices are on the low and he used the opportunity to call for reinforcement of the various preventive measures.
He stated, “The erroneous belief that COVID-19 has been conquered and is no more in Nigeria should be discarded. Based on our data, this assumption is invalid.”
“It creates a false sense of security amongst the citizens, causing many to abandon the use of face masks and other safety measures and protocols put in place by the government.”
The commissioner mentioned that the availability of COVID-19 testing centers across the state has played a major role in reducing the spread of the virus, but he asked residents who exhibit any symptoms of the infection to visit any local government or public laboratories to get their samples collected so a test can be carried out free of charge.
In his opinion, early detection of the virus gives room for quick and adequate management, which will curb the further spread of the infection to other residents, particularly, invalid and elderly members of society.
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