Prof. Akin Abayomi, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, has blamed the opening up of the economy, the school reopening, social gatherings, and large religious congregations among others as the reasons for the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
In a statement titled, ‘COVID-19: Lagos admonishes residents’, was signed by the LSMOH Director of Public Affairs, Tunbosun Ogunbanwo, the Lagos State Ministry of Health quoted the commissioner as saying this while giving an update on the State Government’s response against the second wave of COVID-19 at a press briefing held in Ikeja on Monday.
“Abayomi attributed the reason for the second wave of COVID19 to include, opening up of the economy; general laxity, false sense of security and non-adherence to safety guidelines by citizens; re-opening of schools; large religious congregations, and social gatherings and entertainment,” the statement said.
He maintained that it is important for citizens to make lifestyle adjustments by adhering strictly to all non-pharmaceutical interventions in order to live with the global pandemic.
The professor explained that the lifestyle adjustment to be adopted by citizens would include adhering to all COVID-19 safety protocols, including proper and regular use of face masks, following social distancing guidelines, and avoiding mass gatherings.
Other measures to be adhered to according to him includes, imbibing and practicing regular hand and respiratory hygiene, submitting for tests if symptomatic, self-isolating if positive, and presenting to an isolation center for follow-up.
He noted that “COVID-19 positivity for inbound travelers coming into Lagos is on the rise with an increase of eight per cent this week alone and four per cent cumulatively”
This, he attributed, to the large numbers of Nigerians in the Diaspora who are returning to spend the yuletide in Lagos.
“Passengers must also prior to boarding fill in an online Health Declaration/Self-Reporting form located on the Nigeria International Travel Portal which must be submitted online or printed for presentation on arrival in Nigeria.
“On arrival in Nigeria, passengers must show evidence of payment with an appointment for a repeat PCR test in-country following which passengers will be cleared through the Nigeria Immigration Service.
“Passengers must then proceed on a seven-day self-isolation as per protocol and present at the designated accredited sample collection sites on the 7th day of arrival. Passengers who test negative after seven days will end self-isolation on the 8th day,” the Commissioner explained.
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