Coronavirus Fast Spreading Locally in Lagos, 2,293 Contacts Still Missing – Health Commissioner

Akin Abayomi, Lagos State Health Commissioner

Akin Abayomi, Lagos state commissioner of health, says local transmission of COVID-19 is increasing.

At a press briefing on Monday, Abayomi explained that as at week four, 82 percent of the COVID-19 cases were imported into the country.

The commissioner said the following week, 45 percent of the patients had no travel history – an indication that local transmission was on the rise.

“At the end of week 4, 82% of the patients imported the disease from abroad while 18% had no travel history,” he said.

“By the end of week 5, 45% of the patients have no travel history. This shows that the importation is decreasing and local transmission is increasing.”

The commissioner said of the 120 confirmed cases of the disease in Lagos, 87 are still active while 29 have been discharged.

“There have been 120 confirmed cases of COVID 19 in Lagos. 87 of the cases are still active, 29 have been discharged, 2 have been evacuated and we have had 2 fatalities,” Abayomi said.

“The death that occurred at LUTH, all concerned have been put under isolation and will be observed for 14 days.”

He explained that 93 percent of the cases are Nigerians while seven percent are foreign nationals.

Abayomi also spoke about the plans of the government for the isolation facility in different parts of the state.

“Most of the cases are between 30 – 60 years of age. Gender ratio: 67% male, 33% female. The LGA with the highest number of cases is Eti Osa LGA,” the commissioner said.

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“We will also deploy more surveillance and advocacy towards Alimosho LGA. We are focusing on Alimosho because of the sudden rise from 1 case to 4 cases.

“Our isolation Centre Capacity; IDH, Yaba = 124 beds, now at 60% capacity. Cardiac and Renal Centre, Gbagada =180 beds, Onikan = 100 beds, LUTH = 60 beds.”

Abayomi said the government would use the Onikan isolation centre to handle mild and moderate cases, while the Infectious Diseases Hospital in Yaba, will be reserved for “complicated cases.”

The country has so far recorded 238 COVID-19 cases and Lagos has the highest number.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner has said the state was still tracing 2,293 people who might have had contact with persons tested for COVID-19.

He said, “We have 2,645 passengers of interest that we are tracing, 352 of them have completed their 14-days isolation and we are still following up 2,293. In the next few days, most of these will exit their 14 days isolation.”

Abayomi added that about 80 per cent of those calling the dedicated hotline for COVID-19 were not serious callers.

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