By Deborah Mustapha
Recently, the Lagos State Government has announced her readiness to embark on clinical test for Coronavirus next week in partnership with the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, purposely to eradicate the existence of the virus.
The Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, at a news conference in Lagos, added that the clinical test would begin with the Coronavirus victims and staff in Lagos State, Nigeria.
According to him, he said there is a lot of research ongoing across the globe, however, it is possible that at some time in the future, we will have a definitive cure for COVID-19.
“Indeed we are setting up our own clinical test in Lagos collaborating with other institutions and the NCDC, hopefully by next week, the clinical test will begin on our patients and on staff in Lagos State”, he stressed.
However, Abayomi acknowledged the low number of COVID-19 cases recorded be compared to other countries where an outbreak of the infection, on residents’ level of compliance to the sit-at-home order by the Federal Government.
He noted that the low figures recorded in the State shown that the measures adopted and implemented by the State government have and currently yielding good results.
Abayomi explained that the State was succeeding in flattening the steep rise in the curve of transmission.
“We are achieving success in eradicating the spread of infection and expanding the time needed to impose social distancing and other measures. This is an indication that we are gradually winning the battle against the spread of the disease,” he said.
While applauding and appreciating residents for complying with the quarantine order, he lamented that some Lagosians still flouted the stay-at-home order as they are seen engaging in activities which are against the principle of social distancing and other relevant measures put in place by the government to check the spread of the virus.
He hereby urged the citizens of Lagos State to strictly follow the order which he said has greatly helped in contact tracing of suspected cases and enabled health workers to respond in locating infected people within the state.
The isolation centres in Onikan Stadium which have been completed and delivered will be officially opened Tuesday, April 7th, noting that an additional 180 bed-space facility at the Gbagada General hospital will also be commissioned by the end of the week.
‘’There are enough facilities to manage the situation. We also have enough Personal Protection Equipment for health workers.
Presently, we are still operating from the Mainland Hospital where we still have 60% of our bed-space available.