By Chioma Obinna
Fearful concerning the rising circumstances of COVID-19 infections within the state, the Lagos State Commissioner for Well being, Prof. Akin Abayomi has urged Lagosians to make way of life changes by adhering to all non-pharmaceutical interventions inorder to deal with the pandemic.
Abayomi whereas briefing journalists on Monday on Authorities’s response towards the COVID-19 second wave, Abayomi defined that residents ought to undertake all COVID19 security protocols together with correct and common use of face masks, social distancing tips and avoiding mass gatherings.
He mentioned individuals ought to start to observe common hand and respiratory hygiene, submit themselves for exams if symptomatic, self-isolate if optimistic and current early to an isolation centre for remedy.
Abayomi additionally disclosed that the state would proceed to teach and interact residents on security protocols.
“Individuals must take accountability towards the an infection.
“We’ll deploy efficient messaging and schooling by way of our numerous public data channels and platforms, whereas we implement all tips by way of the respective state businesses.”
On the altering profile of COVID19 illness, he attributed purpose for the second wave of COVID19 to incorporate, opening up of the economic system; normal laxity, false sense of safety and non-adherence to security tips by residents; re-opening of colleges; giant spiritual congregations and social gatherings and leisure.
He famous that COVID19 positivity for inbound vacationers coming into Lagos is on the rise with a rise of 8% this week alone and 4% cumulatively.
He attributed this to the big numbers of Nigerians within the Diaspora returning to spend the yuletide in Lagos.
He inspired inbound vacationers to Lagos to make sure they self-isolate for seven days after arrival and submit self for testing at authorities accredited personal laboratories upon expiration of the self-isolation interval.
“Based on the provisional quarantine protocol, all intending inbound passengers should take a look at detrimental by polymerase chain response (PCR) achieved within the nation of departure inside 72 hours of boarding and are required to register by way of – http://nitp.ncdc.gov.ng and pay for a repeat (second) PCR take a look at to be achieved upon arrival in Nigeria on day 7 at an accredited lab of their alternative.
“Passengers should additionally previous to boarding fill in an internet Well being Declaration/Self-Reporting type positioned on the Nigeria Worldwide Journey Portal which have to be submitted on-line or printed for presentation on arrival in Nigeria.
“On arrival in Nigeria, passengers should present proof of cost with an appointment for a repeat PCR take a look at in-country following which passengers might be cleared by way of the Nigeria Immigration Service. Passengers should then proceed on a 7-day self-isolation as per protocol and current on the designated accredited pattern assortment websites on the seventh day of arrival. Passengers who take a look at detrimental after seven days will finish self- isolation on the eighth day”, the Commissioner defined.
Abayomi famous that the resolve to cease COVID-19 transmission amongst the populace is unshaken including that the Incident Command System will proceed to vigorously pursue all methods and plans to make sure a COVID-19 free Lagos and Nigeria.
“It is usually vital that residents take accountability and cling strictly to security protocols and authorities tips to curtail the unfold of the an infection.”