COVID-19: Lagos has passed peak - Health Commissioner

Lagos state Commissioner for health, Prof Akin Abayomi says Lagos state has passed its peak for COVID-19
Emeh Joy

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi has said the state has passed its COVID-19 pandemic peak.

However, he said there is still the need for vigilance as the scourge is still not over. Abayomi made this known during a talk show on Nigeria Info 99.3FM on Wednesday themed, "Fighting COVID-19 in Lagos".

"Lagos might be over its peak in the COVID-19 pandemic, but it's not over yet as we may see an escalation of positive cases. However, until we see a decline in the number of positive cases, we shouldn't relent.

"We believe the lockdown was not effective because of the reality of the city where people go out to fend for themselves on a daily basis. If not, you will replace a health crisis with an economic crisis", Abayomi said.

The health commissioner further said, "Concerning the number of positive results seen this period, we have sample collection centres in every local government in Lagos, so the more we test, the more cases we find. If there are no positives, then the outbreak is slowing down.

"Our observation is that Lagos has passed the worst of the pandemic; it has passed the peak of the pandemic and is now on the flattening stage, and over time, we will experience a downslope of the virus, then the end of COVID-19".

Abayomi also noted that the large young population of the state helped in reducing fatalities within the state.

The commissioner was reported to have tested positive to for COVID-19 virus on August 24.

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