Lagosians may Say Farewell to Covid-19 in Four Weeks, Says Commissioner

Commissioner for Health, Lagos State, Prof. Akin Abayomi

By Segun James

The Lagos State government has said that in four weeks, the state may finally say farewell to the COVID-19 pandemic if the people cooperate with government.

The government also disclosed that while 70 per cent of the confirmed cases are male, most of them are surprisingly with the most active age of 30 and 39 years.

The state Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, who stated this in a statement, stressed that “it would appear that Lagos has fared well in managing the crisis,” even as he disclosed that “we are on the lookout for local transmission as imported cases will drop significantly because of the closure of the airports.

According to him, all confirmed cases in the state are clinically stable.

“Seventy per cent of the cases are males, while 30 per cent are females with age band most affected 30 to 39 years (active and mobile age group).

“Sixteen per cent of the case are foreign nationals, while 84 per cent are Nigerians.

“Numbers of imported cases initially stood at 82 per cent of total confirmed cases. Sixteen per cent of the cases are contacted from imported cases, while the origin of 2 per cent of the cases couldn’t be ascertained.

“Top five LGAs with passengers of interest (POIs) are Etiosa, Ikeja, Alimosho, Kosofe and Oshodi/Isolo.

“Covid-19 surveillance in Lagos so far targeted 2,645 POIs, with 2,293 under follow up, while 352 POIs have exited follow-up (outside incubation period),” he said.

He was however happy that the current trend indicated that community transmission is not on yet.

Abayomi said that the response team at LASG #COVID19 remained committed to aggressive containment measures against the spread of the virus, adding that: “Every citizen is therefore enjoined to continue to observe social distancing.”