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CONVID-19: Sensitize Our People, Lagos Assembly Calls on Sawo-Olu

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The Lagos State House of Assembly has urged the state governor to campaign rigorously on the scourge Coronavirus. 

Hon. Akeem Shokunle (Oshodi/Isolo 1) during plenary on Monday raised the motion on the floor and it was seconded by Hon. Lukman Olumo (Ajeromi/Ifelodun 1).

Shokunle, who chairs the House Committen on Health, stated that it was important that the Governor should sensitize the people of Lagos State on the matter and implement the law passed by the 8th Assembly on Cancer And Diseases Control Institute. 

Mr Governor babajide Sanwo-Olu was also urged to direct the State Commissioner for Education to do proper awareness on Coronavirus in all public and private schools in the state.

Speaker Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa of the House, who  thanked members for their contributions to the matter, stated that issue of placing a ban on airlines from the countries affected by Coronavirus had to be re-considered due to the economic consequences. 

“The Federal Government and Lagos State Government are working hand in hand to curb the spread of Coronavirus. according to him” We should commend our State Governor for his proactive efforts on the matter. But, we should call on the Governor to implement the provision of the law on Centre For Cancer and Diseases Control, which was passed in the 8th Assembly. 

“People, who had contact with the Italian man suspected to have been infected with Coronavurus are being watched.  We should standby at all times to reduce or prevent the incursion of such a disease into our state,” he said.

Obasa stressed that the state government needed to reach out to many organizations including the local government authorities, CDAs, CDCs, NURTW and others to educate them so that they could pass information to the people. 

He advised that people can stop going to mosques, churches and parties for now.

“We should wear mask or wash our hands. We can use handkerchiefs when we go to gatherings. 

“The Commissioner For Education should ensure adequate campaigns in our public and private schools, he said.
Contributing, the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade (Ikorodu 1) stated that residents of the state should be urged to comply with all the preventive measures to keep away from Coronavirus. 
He added that where any case is suspected, there are telephone lines that have been released for the people to call.

Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti Osa 2) stated that people should stop spreading fake news about Coronavirus. 

Yishawu gave an example of where it was reported that the Italian man that was quarantined by the state government over Coronavirus wanted to escape from where he was being kept. 

Also speaking, Hon. Abiodun Tobun (Epe1) thanked the state government for their efforts on the matter and advised the people not to spread the disease beyond where it is. 

“It happened in China and not Nigeria, it is only one case that was reported in Lagos. 

“We should know how to handle it. We know what happened during the time of Ebola, when the state government curtailed it.

“We should take our health with seriousness. We have to take our hygiene seriously and protect ourselves from diseases. 

“The people should be told the preventive measures. We should also educate our people. Our healthcare centres should use completely disposable materials, and the state government should invest in disposable materials, when handling issues relating to Coronavirus,” he said.

Others who contributed to the matter included Hon. Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni (Lagos Island 1), Hon. Victor Akande (Ojo 1), Hon. Moshood Oshun (Lagos Mainland 2), Hon. Lukman Olumo (Ajeromi/Ifelodun 1), Hon. Adedamola Richard (Ikeja 2) and Hon. Mojisola Macaulay (Amuwo Odofin 1)

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These are the centres for Covid-19 vaccination in Lagos

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Lagosians who are willing to take the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine have been given a list of 88 centres where they can go to receive the vaccine, across Lagos.

The state Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, said the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine has been declared safe by the World Health Organization (WHO), but that most vaccines have some common side effects, which are not unique to the COVID-19 vaccine and which typically only last for 24 to 48 hours.

These are the centres:

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COVID-19 vaccine is safe!, Sanwo-olu assures Lagosians

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Lagosians have been given the assurance that the COVID-19 vaccine being administered in the state, is safe for human use. There has been a widespread fear among residents that the AstraZeneca vaccine causes grave side effects on people that have been inoculated with it.

The State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Monday reassured Lagosians that the vaccine is safe, claiming that he did not feel any side effects as claimed by some persons.

Governor Sanwo-Olu, who received the AstraZeneca vaccine alongside his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, health practitioners, frontline workers and journalists, among others last Friday at the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) Yaba, said he felt no symptom after taking the vaccine.

He said: “I didn’t feel any side effects after taking the shot”.

Speaking to journalists at the Lagos House, Ikeja on Monday, Governor Sanwo-Olu said there is nothing to worry about the vaccine. He therefore encouraged Lagosians, especially those on the frontlines to come forward and get vaccinated.

He said: “It has been three days since I was vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine and the deputy governor too has had his own shot. I can confirm to you that I felt no after effect at all. I didn’t have any headache, malaria or any symptom whatsoever. It was well received.

“Like I mentioned on Friday, I think all of the speculation that is going round is really unfounded. I have taken the vaccine and we have seen that Lagos has continued to vaccinate the frontline health workers. And so, let us use this medium again to inform our citizens well that the vaccines; the one we have, AstraZeneca, is safe and is of no negative consequence. And I for one do not have any. I have also asked around.

“So, there is nothing for us to get worried about. It is just to take it easy and let us encourage others that are on the frontlines to come forward and get vaccinated.”

Also speaking to journalists to corroborate Governor Sanwo-Olu’s position on the safety of the AstraZeneca vaccine, Dr. Hamzat said he felt no symptom after he received the shot last Friday. “No symptom at all. Nothing,” he said.

It would be recalled that the first jab of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine was administered in Lagos State last week. Prof. Abayomi kicked off the vaccine rollout programme after he got the first jab of the serum supplied by the Federal Government.

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Lagos Assembly to Sanwo-Olu: Ensure strict enforcement of COVID-19 rules

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The Lagos House of Assembly on Monday called on the governor of the state, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to commence very tough enforcement of the COVID-19 protocols among residents of the state.

The House said its decision follows the outright disregard for the protocols against the pandemic by some residents and visitors to the state.

The members of the House also asked the governor to call on the state’s commissioner for information, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, to embark on enlightenment campaigns and education of the people concerning the dangerous effects of the pandemic on the society.

Prior to the decision of the lawmakers, Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, noted that the state, just like the country, cannot afford another lockdown because of the adverse effect such would have on the economy.

Speaker Obasa said there was need for more enlightenment because COVID-19 in the state and country was taking a dreadful dimension.

He noted that the life of every single individual in Lagos remains precious and as such, there must be conscious efforts to protect the residents.

Kicking off the debate, the acting chairman of the House committee on health, Hon. Hakeem Sokunle (Oshodi/Isolo 1), had raised concerns over the new wave of COVID-19 in the state.

Sokunle told his colleagues that before now, only few patients needed oxygen.

The situation, he said, has changed as over 80 percent of patients now needing oxygen.

He proposed that apart from enlightenment, there should strict compliance to the COVID-19 protocols as well as the cancelling social engagements.

He also urged that wearing of face masks should be enforced.

Sokunle’s position was supported by Olowo and other lawmakers.

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