COVID-19: Sanwo-Olu, Health Commissioner, Others Commission 110 Bed Spaces

 

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the Commissioner of Health, Professor Akin Abayomi on Wednesday commissioned 110-bed spaces at the isolation centre in Mobolaji Johnson Stadium, Onikan.

Also at the commissioning was the Commissioner for Information, Gbanga Omo, CEO of GTB, Segun Agbaje among other dignitaries.

Professor Abayomi made the announcement on his Twitter handle while commending those that helped in the donation of the isolation centre.

He stated that the centre has seven patients on admission with no fewer than 60 medical personnel and support staff with expertise that have been deployed to the facility.

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COVID-19: We Don’t Have Any Patient In Need Of Ventilators In Lagos – Health Commissioner

A file photo of Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi. Photo: Twitter- @ProfAkinAbayomi
A file photo of Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi. Photo: Twitter- @ProfAkinAbayomi

 

As Nigeria continues to battle the spread of the COVID-19 disease, the Lagos State Commissioner for health, Akin Abayomi, has given a breakdown of the situation in the state.

At a briefing on Tuesday, he announced that most of the cases in the state are not severe as they are not in need of ventilators.

“Most of our patients are experiencing a very mild to moderate degree of illness.

“Infact, we don’t have anybody that is requiring ventilation at the moment which is a symptom of what you would describe as severe disease,” the commissioner stated.

His comments come hours after the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), announced an additional four cases of the Coronavirus, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 135.

READ ALSO: Nigeria’s COVID-19 Cases Rise To 135 As NCDC Confirms Four New Infections

Three of the cases were recorded in Osun State, while one was recorded in Ogun State.

Lagos State and the FCT, however, still hold the highest number of cases with 81 and 25 infections respectively.

Giving a further breakdown of the cases in Lagos, the Health Commissioner noted that of the 81 cases, 66 came about as a result of transmission within Lagos.

“We have 15 cases that came off a vessel that was maneuvering off the coast of Lagos, doing some oil and gas work,” Abayomi explained.

“The ship had a positive case, we airlifted the positive case off the ship and we went backtest the 51-crew officials. We initially found seven positive, we removed the seven from the ship to Yaba and the company has isolated the remaining 44. Of those 44, another eight tested positive. So we had a total of 15 from that vessel off the coast.

“So, that does not represent transmission within Lagos.

“We’re removing 15 from the 81, otherwise it would give us a false impression of what’s going on,” he added.

According to him, of the 66, none of them is experiencing any severe symptoms.

“If we were to put a percentage on those 66, I would estimate the 33 out of those 66 are mild and about 33 are showing moderate disease just characterised by severe fever, feeling weak, some coughing and headache and body pains.

“But it is not extending to affect the organs such that we have lung or kidney failure,” he said.

Meanwhile, the commissioner says aggressive contact tracing is being carried out to curb any further spread of the disease.

If You Are A Passenger On Flight BA 75 Stay At Home – Health Commissioner

A file photo of Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi. Photo: Twitter- @ProfAkinAbayomi

 

The Lagos State Commissioner of Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, has advised those on the British Airways flight that arrived in Lagos on March 13 to stay at home or isolate themselves for 14 days.

The Commissioner made the announcement on Tuesday through his Twitter handle following the confirmation of another case of Coronavirus in Lagos.

READ ALSO: Another Case Of Coronavirus Confirmed In Lagos

This is the third case of the virus in Nigeria and a new case-independent of the index case.

The patient is a 30-year-old Nigerian female who returned from the United Kingdom on March 13, observed self-isolation and developed symptoms, thereby testing positive.

She is now receiving treatment in the Mainland at the Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba.

Governor Obi Flags Off Routine Immunization

Anambra state Governor, Mr. Peter Obi, says his administration targets one hundred per cent immunization coverage of the state before the end of his tenure in March 17 2014.

He was speaking during the October flag off of routine immunization plus days for children under five years at Ebenebe, Awka north local government area of Anambra state, where about 100 children were immunized, a sure way of improving their lot as part of health intervention by the state government, in an agrarian community with a projected population of 136,622 people for 2013 records and is said to be one of the poorest communities in Anambra state.

Dider Gbofeyin, the state representative of UNICEF revealed that Anambra state has recorded over 95 per cent immunization coverage in polio but decried the poor tetanus immunization by pregnant women in the area.

The routine immunization programme aims at protecting over 27,300 children less than five years of age from the polio disease in the local government area and the number represents over twenty five per cent of the population in Awka north local council area.

In his remarks, Dr. Lawrence Ikeakor, who is the State Commissioner for Health, says the state is ready to maintain its six-year polio free status while announcing the upgrade of twelve general hospitals in the state.

Governor Obi’s resolve to leave lingering memories in the minds of Anambra indigenes is what he has extended to the health sector when he stated that in spite of the present wide and comprehensive coverage so far achieved, his government was still determined to scale up further its polio vaccination drive in the state.

Senate Begins Probe Into Mystery Bodies In Ezu River

The Senate committee on Police and National Security Affairs has commenced investigation into the bizarre incident at Ezu river where twenty two decomposed bodies were found floating.

The six-member delegation led by Senator Paulinus Igwe Nwagu paid a courtesy call on Kenneth Okonkwo, the traditional ruler of Amansea, the community mostly affected by the odd event, from where they proceeded to Ezu River, the scene of the incident.

The intriguing part of the exercise took place at the conference Hall of the Government House, Awka, where the Senate committee with its chairman, Mohammed Mangoro but led by Senator  Nwagu, thoroughly cross examined relevant government functionaries and members of the public to extract information that could lead to the unravelling of the mystery of the decomposed floating corpses spotted at Ezu River on the 19th of January this year.

The Anambra state governor who was represented by the deputy governor expressed his appreciation to the committee and thanked the federal government for deeming it fit to assist the state in getting to the root of the matter.

The leader of the delegation, Senator Nwagu  cleared the air on the purpose of the probe and the grilling began with the state commissioner for Health,  Lawrence Ikeakor But it did not commence until after oath-taking which was made compulsory to show the seriousness of the exercise.

The health commissioner said it would take 48 hours for a body to decompose and autopsy examination can take one day, one year depending on the circumstance.

The Anambra State Commissioner of Police absolved himself and his men of the blames of the burial of the dead men as he also denied the arrest of MASSOB members, even though the Director of communications for MASSOB countered the police commissioner’s statement of not arresting any MASSOB member at any date or time last year and directly accused the SARS Division in Awkuzu for the crime.

Yet another Lawyer stepped forward with more revealing information pertaining to the activities in Awkuzu SARS office where his kinsmen; an elderly man was killed extra-judicially by the police in the SARS office. He specifically mentioned the name of the police officer in charge at the Awkuzu SARS station, Celestine Ani.

His presentation left all dumbfounded and the Senate committee concluded that issues arising be taken really serious with investigation and the legal practitioner’s account of the events at the SARS office must be taken seriously as it is a credible clue to unravelling the mystery of the Ezu River floating bodies.