Lagos Has Passed Peak Of COVID-19 Outbreak, Now At Flattening Stage – Health Commissioner Prof Abayomi
Professor Akin Abayomi, the Commissioner for Health in Lagos State, has revealed that the state has passed the peak of the coronavirus pandemic and is currently on the flattening stage.
Abayomi, who is currently battling the viral disease, said this in an interview with Nigeria Info FM on Wednesday August 26.
The first case of the viral disease was recorded in Lagos in February and the state has since remained the epicenter of the disease in Nigeria.
In his radio interview this morning, Abayomi said that from the government’s observations, the state has passed the worst of the pandemic.
Lagos might be at 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 number of positives cases we shouldn’t relent.
We believe the lockdown was not effective because of the reality of a city where people go out to fend for themselves on a daily basis. If not you replace a health crisis with an economic crisis.
Concerning the number of positive results seen this period, we have sample collection centers in every local government in Lagos, so the more we test the more cases we find. If there are no more positivity then the outbreak is slowing down.
So our observation is that Lagos have past the worst of the pandemic, it has past the peak of the pandemic and is now on the flattening stage and over time will experience a down slope of the virus then the end of COVID-19.
The Commissioner noted;
There are two categories of testing, ‘the need to know’ for people who have shown symptoms and are a public health concern and ‘the want to know’ – those who as a result of business want to get back to work and want to know if they are safe.
Maintain physical distancing at all times. Be careful where you go and stay away from crowded places. If diagnosed for COVID-19, isolate yourself and mask up to protect yourself and others in the community.