Lagos now in the stage of community spread of COVID-19, says Prof Abayomi

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, has said the state is beginning to record community spread of the coronavirus and it is making every effort to manage the situation.

Prof Abayomi who made this known during an interview on Channels TV’s Sunrise Saturday, also urged residents and health practitioners not to stigmatize people.

“We are in the stage of community spread and we are trying to manage it. We are doing everything possible to ensure that Lagosians are informed, Lagosians are able to take the appropriate amount of risk based on their circumstances and that we are taking the right kind of support for the people,” Abayomi said.

He observed that the state government is proactive in its approach of handling this phenomenon as different strategy has been employed to tackle the spread of the COVID-19 in the state.

He said, “I think every segment of Lagos requires a slightly different strategy. It can’t be on cap fits all.

“Someone in Victoria Island doesn’t have the same priorities as someone in Makoko and there is a whole range in between. I think what Mr Governor is doing is that he is trying to size up all the respective situations.

“He gets a situation analysis every day, he debates with cabinet, data is very critical, we supply data on a daily basis and with that data, it helps you to change your policies and the policies are changing every 24 hours based on what we are finding and based on hot spots,”.

As of today, the number of cases in Nigeria now stands at 1,095 with Lagos as the epicentre as it accounts for more than half of that figure.

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