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Lagos anticipates 120,000 cases of covid-19 by August

As 2,683 patients go into hiding

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More than 2,000 people who have been infected by Covid-19 in Lagos have refused to turn up for treatment. That is according to the State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi who said the affected people disappeared into thin air after their coronavirus test turned out positive.

 

He said the patients went into hiding either because they were ignorant or afraid of being stigmatized by the society, adding that the patients could however decide to be treated at home under the supervision of the state ministry of health.

 

Speaking earlier at a Covid-19 briefing in Alausa, Prof Abayomi disclosed that the Lagos state government currently has over 500 patients in the state’s isolation centres spread across the state.

 

“They have been informed of their status and they have decided that they won’t wish to be admitted. So, they have made it difficult for us to find them, the evacuation team has been trying to call them, once they know our phone number, they stopped picking our calls. When we go to their homes to collect them, they are not there.

 

“If we are diagnosing 250 every day, we need to move to several locations in one day. If a person doesn’t wish to be admitted, it is very difficult to enforce it. However, what we have observed is that when you know your status and you start to feel unwell, people voluntarily walk into the isolation centres and present themselves with their COVID-19 test result so that they will be admitted,” Abayomi said.

 

The commissioner however warned that by August if this trend continues, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Lagos State might hit between 90,000 and 120,000.

 

“I did say about six weeks ago that we might see between 90,000 and 120,000 cases of COVID-19 in Lagos State by August. What we think is that for every one person that is diagnosed with the virus, there are probably 10 more in the community that we have not diagnosed,” he said.

 

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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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