COVID-19: Only Those Eligible For Phase One Will Be Vaccinated – Lagos Govt

A file photo of the Commissioner for Health in Lagos, Professor Akin Abayomi. Photo: [email protected]

 

Only those who fit into Phase One of the COVID-19 vaccination exercise in Lagos State will be attended to at the approved sites from Monday, the government has said.

Such persons include healthcare workers, COVID-19 Response Team (RRT), ports of entry staff, laboratory network, judiciary, military, police, other security agencies, petrol station workers, teachers, press, and other frontline workers, as well as those who are 70 years above.

The Commissioner for Health in Lagos, Professor Akin Abayomi, stated this on Sunday after reviewing the report of the weeklong phase one vaccination rollout campaign in the state.

He hinted that the exercise would resume on Monday at the 88 approved vaccination sites across the state after the weekend break.

Abayomi urged the eligible persons to observe and ensure strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols and instructions given by officials when they visit the vaccination sites.

He advised them to maintain a social distance of at least two meters, wear a face mask, and ensure proper hand hygiene at the centres.

 

‘We Will Vaccinate Everybody’

While noting that the protocols were still in place, especially at public places and events requiring the gathering of people, the Commissioner stated that security personnel have been stationed at the sites to provide security, maintain order, and ensure adherence to the guidelines.

“We understand that there is a great demand for the COVID-19 vaccine in Lagos, leading to an increase in activities at our various vaccination sites; this has brought to fore the need to ensure strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols, as well as accountability and security for officials, citizens and the cold chain mechanism at the sites,” he said.

The commissioner added, “We want to avoid crowding and the resultant spread of the COVID-19 infection at the vaccination sites; this is why we are appealing to persons who are not categorised in phase one of the vaccination exercise to keep off the vaccination sites.

“It is, therefore, important to reiterate that the state government through the Ministry of Health remains committed to preventing COVID-19 infection and will not encourage a scenario where people are vulnerable to the transmission through overcrowded vaccination centres.

“Lagosians should be patient, we will vaccinate everybody eventually, but there is the need for citizens to support the government by following the vaccination implementation plan to ensure a successful exercise. We plan to vaccinate this year into 2022.”

In this file photo, a vial containing the COVID-19 vaccine by AstraZeneca and a syringe are seen on a table. AFP
In this file photo, a vial containing the COVID-19 vaccine by AstraZeneca and a syringe are seen on a table. AFP

 

Reporting Untoward Events

Abayomi also urged eligible citizens who fit into Phase One of the vaccination exercise to pre-register for the vaccine via https://www.nphcdaict.com.ng or https://www.vaccination.gov.ng before proceeding to any of the sites for a quick and seamless process.

On the safety and side effects of the vaccine, the Commissioner for Health stated that the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID vaccine has been declared safe by the World Health Organization and okayed by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) for administration.

According to the commissioner, the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines, like others, have some common side effects which typically only last for 24 to 48 hours.

Abayomi listed some of the common adverse events that could be experienced to include pain or tenderness at the injection site, tiredness, chills, joint pains, headache, fever, muscle pain, and nausea.

He said, “Health workers have been extensively trained on the administration of the vaccine and vaccine safety and the aftercare of vaccination.

“Should any of these side effects become problematic, kindly call the number of the LGA Disease Surveillance Notification Officer (DSNO) provided at the back of the vaccination card for guidance and return to the same health facility where the vaccine was administered for further investigations and treatment.”

“All vaccinated persons are also advised to download the MED SAFETY app monitored by NAFDAC.

“The app can be downloaded on the iOS Store or Google Play store, and can be used to report any untoward event experienced after vaccination or any other adverse drug reactions experienced with the use of concomitant drugs,” the commissioner explained.

He noted that the objective of the phased rollout plan was to vaccinate people who were vulnerable to the disease.

Bed Occupancy In Lagos COVID-19 Care Centres Increases To 51% – Govt

A file photo of the Commissioner for Health in Lagos, Professor Akin Abayomi. Photo: [email protected]

 

The bed occupancy in the public and private COVID-19 facilities in Lagos State has increased to 51 per cent of the capacity.

This was revealed in a tweet on Friday by the Commissioner for Health in the state, Professor Akin Abayomi.

Professor Abayomi made the disclosure while giving an update on the outbreak of the disease in the state, a day when Lagos recorded its highest single-day infection – 807.

The tweet suggests that the cumulative vacant bed space across the COVID-19 care centres in the state is below the average capacity.

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In line with the state government’s efforts to bring the situation under control, the commissioner urged the residents to comply with the COVID-19 guidelines.

Noting that the oxygen usage was also on the increase at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, he asked the people to wear their facemasks, wash their hands regularly, and maintain physical distance, especially while in public.

 

Hours after Professor Abayomi tweeted, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported 1,544 new cases recorded in 20 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in the last 24 hours.

The NCDC, in a late-night tweet on Friday, noted that Lagos topped the states with new infections, reporting 739 more cases.

While the latest figure was lower than the state’s highest single-day cases by 68, the health agency said Lagos now has 34,875 confirmed COVID-19 infections with 6,320 active, 28,303 discharged, and 252 deaths recorded.

COVID-19: Lagos Govt Raises Concerns Over Rise In Community Transmission

Professor Akin Abayomi

 

The Lagos state government is raising concern over what it calls a rise in the community transmission of the coronavirus even though it is not as high as it was between July and August.

The state Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi says although the state has increased its testing ability to between 2000 to 3000 daily, a second wave of the pandemic seems imminent due to general laxity and lack of compliance with the pharmaceutical protocol.

Prof. Akin Abayomi explained that the trend in positivity shows the virus transmission is increasing more during the festive season because people are gathering.

He also released statistics of the disease profile in the state showing that 48% of the cases are mild with 35% in moderate condition and 16% severe while only 1% in critical condition.

A further breakdown of admissions in the state also shows that 3,299 patients have so far been admitted, 2,826 discharged, 236 deaths recorded, 63 evacuations made with 75 people are currently in isolation.

He also disclosed that 10 oxygen camps are being built across the state out of which six are ready for use. The oxygen camps are permanent structures and can be used for other diseases besides covid-19.

Professor Abayomi added that the outbreak of the new variant of the virus has the capability to be more contagious while the government hopes to balance the public health response and economy so that people can live normally.

 

Here are some graphics produced by the Lagos state government:

An illustration of the volume of tests carried by public and private laboratories

An illustration of weekly analysis of COVID-19 related deaths

COVID-19: Sanwo-Olu Is Responding Well To Treatment, Says Abayomi

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu attends the Eko Educators Webinar Performance Series 3.3 hosted by the Lagos State Teaching Service Commission. Sept 8.
A file photo of Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

 

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, is responding well to home-based care and treatment for COVID-19.

The Commissioner for Health in the state, Professor Akin Abayomi, disclosed this on Sunday via his verified Twitter account.

According to him, the governor is in high spirit and very appreciative of the prayers and well wishes he has received from the people of the state and the country in general.

 

Professor Abayomi had promised in an earlier tweet to keep the public informed regularly of the governor’s recovery and wellbeing.

His latest tweet came two days after Governor Sanwo-Olu was confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 and experiencing symptoms and fatigue typical of a mild case of the disease.

A file photo of the Commissioner for Health in Lagos, Professor Akin Abayomi. Photo: [email protected]

 

He was said to be receiving treatment and being monitored closely at home by a clinical team from the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba.

The commissioner had, however, given an assurance that the governor would recover quickly and clear the virus.

Amid the slightly increasing number of new cases, he warned all residents and visitors to adhere to the prescribed health guidelines such as social distancing and wearing of facemasks.

Lagos Govt Warns Residents Against Second Wave Of COVID-19

A file photo of the Commissioner for Health in Lagos, Professor Akin Abayomi. Photo: [email protected]

 

The Lagos State government has called on residents to adhere strictly to precautionary measures against the transmission of COVID-19 to prevent a recurrence of the situation that led to the lockdown of the economy.

The Commissioner for Health in Lagos, Professor Akin Abayomi, who gave the warning on Tuesday stated that a resurgence of cases in Lagos may lead to the reversal of the strategically calculated measures put in place by the government to open up the economy.

On efforts being made by the government to sustain the gains that have been recorded so far, he noted that many countries and cities were experiencing a second and third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic with a resultant spike in the number of cases and fatalities.

Abayomi said many of the affected countries have found it necessary to impose a second lockdown and restriction of movements, which have significant socio-economic and security consequences.

“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 warned that the continuous flagrant disregard of safety guidelines by citizens may lead to the second wave of new infections in Lagos.

He, therefore, advised residents to avoid unnecessary movement and social gatherings, unless it was necessary while travelling into and outside the country should also be discouraged except when absolutely necessary.

Abayomi decried that the COVID-19 induced practices of face mask use, social distancing, and hand hygiene were gradually waning among residents and called for the reinforcement of the adoption and adherence of 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 noted that the widespread increasing COVID-19 testing capacity of the state has been very impactful in reducing community transmission, but urged residents who fall within the case definition of COVID-19 infection to visit any of the dedicated sample collection sites in their local government or public laboratories to get a test done free of charge.

According to him, early diagnosis allows for prompt and adequate management and care, resulting in the prevention of transmission to other citizens, particularly, vulnerable and elderly members of society who may have underlying predispositions.

2,191 COVID-19 Cases Yet To Turn Up For Admission – Lagos Govt

A file photo of the Commissioner for Health in Lagos, Professor Akin Abayomi. Photo: [email protected]

 

The Lagos State government has called on residents to take responsibility in the fight against coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.

This comes as the Commissioner for Health in Lagos, Professor Akin Abayomi, decried the action of some residents who are not supporting the government’s effort to flatten the curve of the virus in the state.

In a series of tweets on Friday, Professor Abayomi revealed that a total of 2,191 active cases of COVID-19 in various communities have yet to turn up for admission in the government’s treatment centres.

He explained that the government conducted 910 COVID-19 tests on July 7 and the results of 150 samples collected returned positive.

According to the commissioner, the new cases bring the total number of confirmed cases in Lagos to 11,537 as of Tuesday.

 

He added that the state has conducted 45,490 tests so far, while 1,753 of the confirmed cases have since been discharged from the government’s facilities after recovering from the disease.

Professor Abayomi disclosed that 7,059 of the confirmed cases were monitored in communities by health officials while 352 of the cases were in isolation in public and private care centres.

He called on residents to take responsibility by wearing face masks when in public spaces, in addition to regular handwashing and maintaining physical distancing.

Ajimobi Died From Failure Of Multiple Organs, Says Lagos Govt

A file photo of former Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi.

 

 

The former governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, died from multiple organs failure following complications from coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

The Commissioner for Health in Lagos State, Professor Akin Abayomi, confirmed this via his verified Twitter handle on Friday.

He revealed that Senator Ajimobi died on Thursday at a private facility in Lagos approved by the state government to offer COVID-19 treatment.

Professor Abayomi condoled with the family of the late former governor and the people of Oyo State.

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Senator Ajimobi, who died aged 70, was a two-term governor of Oyo State – the first person to occupy the seat twice and in succession.

It was rumoured last week that he had passed on, but his Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Bolaji Tunji, dismissed the reports in a statement obtained by Channels Television.

The news of the former governor’s death on Thursday was confirmed by aides and some family members, as well as elder statesmen and political bigwigs in the country.

Read the tweets from Professor Abayomi below:

COVID-19 Cases: Lagos Has Not Reached Its Peak Yet – Abayomi

 

The Lagos State government has asked residents to continue to comply with the measures put in place to flatten the curve of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.

Despite the increasing figures of COVID-19 reported recently, the Commissioner for Health in Lagos, Professor Akin Abayomi, believes the state has yet to reach its peak.

While giving an update on the outbreak of the disease, Professor Abayomi disclosed that the government had projected to see figures near 200 at this time.

“We know the outbreak is expanding, so we expect to see more cases,” he told reporters at a press conference on Thursday.

The commissioner added, “We have not reached our peak yet, but the graph and the rate of new cases are very gentle and that is what we defined by our module and it is following through to the trend that we defined in our module to see this kind of increase.”

This comes hours after Lagos – the epicentre of COVID-19 outbreak – reported 199 new cases of coronavirus.

In a late-night tweet on Wednesday, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said the figure in Lagos was among the 284 new infections recorded in 12 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

It noted that the state now has a total of 2,954 COVID-19 cases, out of which 582 patients have been discharged with 40 deaths.

 

Gradual Increase, Not Dramatic

A file photo of the Commissioner for Health in Lagos, Professor Akin Abayomi. Photo: [email protected]

 

In his reaction, Professor Abayomi stated that the government was not surprised that the number of new cases was increasing.

According to him, Lagos is witnessing a gradual and not dramatic rise in the number of cases, compared to the situation in other places.

“We knew we were going to see about 200 (cases) by this time and maybe by next week, we might be seeing 250 or 300 per day.

“When you will say something is dramatic is if it goes from 50 to 200, to 1,000; that will be dramatic and that’s what was seen in the northern hemisphere – in Europe and America,” the commissioner said.

He added, “Ours is gradual; we’ve gone from 50 to 70 to 100 to 130 to 150 and now for the first time, we are seeing numbers approaching 200 per day.”

Professor Abayomi noted that one of the factors responsible for the increased figure of new cases was the improved testing capacity of the state.

He said, “We now have four laboratories that are testing and they have the capacity to test 24 hours a day on different shifts. So, our total testing capacity has gone up to 800 tests a day.”

Three Dubai Evacuees Test Positive For COVID-19

A health worker helps his colleague with his PPE during community testing as part of effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV.

 

 

Three of the returnees recently evacuated from Dubai have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Commissioner for Health in Lagos State, Professor Akin Abayomi, announced this on Sunday via his Twitter handle.

He said the evacuees tested positive following a test conducted on them and have been admitted to the COVID-19 care centre for appropriate treatment protocols.

According to Professor Abayomi, the state will continue to adhere strictly to quarantine protocols and enforce necessary precautionary measures in order to contain the spread of the pandemic.

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He appealed to the residents of the state, particularly those who recently returned to the country to cooperate with the government’s COVID-19 response team at all times.

 

This comes barely a day after the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced 176 new COVID-19 infections in the country.

In a late-night tweet on Saturday, the NCDC said 95 of the cases were in Lagos, 31 in Oyo, 11 in Abuja, eight each in Niger and Borno states, and six in Jigawa.

Kaduna also reported four new cases, three in Anambra, two in Edo, Rivers, Nasarawa and Bauchi States, as well as one each in Benue and Zamfara States.

A breakdown of the figures by regions shows that Lagos in the South West has the highest with 2,373 cases of COVID-19, followed by Kano in the North West with 761.

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in the North Central region has the third-highest tally in the country with 397, just as Bauchi in the North East has 212, Edo in the South South has 95, and Enugu in the South East has 12 cases.

This brings the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country to 5,621 with 1,472 patients discharged and 176 deaths across 34 states and the FCT.

There Is No Policy Against Release Of Dead COVID-19 Patients – Lagos Govt

A file photo of the Commissioner for Health in Lagos, Professor Akin Abayomi. Photo: [email protected]

 

 

The Lagos State government says there is no policy prohibiting the release of dead coronavirus (COVID-19) patients to their families.

The Commissioner for Health in the state, Professor Akin Abayomi, stated this during a briefing on Sunday.

He was responding to a question to clarify the controversy surrounding the release of the body of the late Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, for burial.

“There is no policy against the release of the diseased with COVID-19 in terms of release for burial. If you demise from any condition, there is a protocol to manage any scenario,” Professor Abayomi said.

He explained, “The protocol for managing death from COVID-19 is that the body is decontaminated, and now placed in a special body bag.

“We put them in two body bags and then place within a coffin, then the coffin is sealed. The family is then given the opportunity to collect the body and be taken for burial.”

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A photo of beds at one of the isolation centres in Lagos. Photo: [email protected]

 

 

According to the commissioner, the only restriction on burial is that those who can attend must not be more than 25 people, including the religious members of the ceremony and the grave-diggers should not exceed 25.

He said the government would allow family members of dead COVID-19 patients to conduct a private burial for their loved ones after carrying out a proper protocol for decontaminating the body and ensuring that it was sealed in body bags and further sealed in a coffin.

“So, there is no current policy that bars us from handing over the deceased to their family members.

“It just has to be done in a way that does not expose family members or does not break the current law around the number of people to be aggregated in one place,” Professor Abayomi insisted.

During the briefing, the commissioner revealed the local governments where the highest cases of COVID-19 were recorded.

Although he did not state the actual figure of cases recorded, he said Lagos Mainland Local Government Area (LGA) was worst-hit, followed by Eti-Osa and Ikeja LGAs.

On the other hand, Ajeromi, Epe and Ojo LGAs have yet to record any case of coronavirus as of April 18. 2020.

Lagos Mainland, Eti-Osa, Ikeja Top LGs With Highest COVID-19 Cases, Says Abayomi

A file photo of the Commissioner for Health in Lagos, Professor Akin Abayomi.

 

 

The Lagos State government has revealed the local governments where the highest cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) were recorded in the state,

Professor Akin Abayomi, the Commissioner for Health in the state, made the disclosure on Sunday during a briefing on the outbreak of the disease in Lagos.

Although he did not state the actual figure of cases recorded, he explained that the highest number of infections were recorded in the Lagos Mainland Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

“Looking at the local government distribution of cases, you can see that the majority of cases are in the Lagos mainland (LGA), followed by Eti-Osa (LGA).

“Then runs closely behind is Ikeja, and we are beginning to see a bit of activity in Alimosho (LGA),” the commissioner said.

According to him, it appears that there are one or two clusters of infections in Alimosho LGA and there are cases that come into the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba.

“Of note, there are three local governments where we have not identified any case of COVID-19 yet and those are Ajeromi, Epe and Ojo,” Professor Abayomi added.

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A photo of beds at one of the isolation centres in Lagos. Photo: [email protected]

 

 

Stressing the profile of COVID-19 cases in the state, he noted that the state now has an accumulated number of 306 confirmed cases.

He stated that 93 of the cases have fully recovered and discharged while 194 cases were active across the isolation facilities in the state.

The commissioner said, “Unfortunately, we have recorded as of today (Sunday), 14 deaths directly related to COVID-19 infection.

“The age distribution and gender; again, we are seeing most of our cases between the age of 30 and 50 and that probably represents why we have a good outcome with our patients.”

Professor Abayomi said the state would be worried about patients who would be infected over the age of 70, saying that has been identified globally as a risk factor for the pandemic.

He revealed that a majority of the COVID-19 patients at the government’s facilities were males, representing 70 per cent while the rest were females.

The commissioner also confirmed that the government has begun to take the test to various communities by decentralising the sampling centres in various local governments.

He added that the testing capacity of the state has increased to about 1,000 daily, while the turnaround time has improved to less than 24 hours.

Lagos Govt Gives Update On COVID-19

 

The Commissioner for Health in Lagos, Professor Akin Abayomi, is briefing reporters on the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.

The briefing is ongoing in the Alausa area of the state.

Professor Abayomi speaks about the strategies of the state government to curtail the spread of the disease.

Watch the video below: