By; MATTHEW UKACHUNWA, Lagos
Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, has blamed the occurence of second wave of Novel CoronaVirus disease (COVID-19) on opening up the economy, general laxity, false sense of security and non-adherence of COVID-19 safety guidelines by citizens.
Other reasons fo arrival of the pandemic’s second wave include reopening of schools, large religious and social entertainment gatherings, according Abayomi.
He therefore advised people to adjust their lifestyles to prevent being hit by the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic
The health commissionerenjoined citizens to make lifestyle adjustments by adhering to all non-pharmaceutical interventions in order to live with second wave of Novel Coronavirus disease pandemic which has become becomes obvious.
Abayomi expressed concern that the state continues to record an increase in COVID-19 positive cases in recent weeks, warranting his advice.
According to him, the rise in cases of the worldwide virus in the state is suggestive of the arrival of the second wave of the global disease in the state.
Abayomi stated this while giving update on the State government’s response against the second wave of the COVID19 pandemic at a press briefing held in Ikeja.
Reporting on the briefing, Tunbosun Ogunbanwo, Director, Public Affairs of Lagos State Ministry of Health, said: The commissioner explained that the lifestyle adjustment to be adopted by citizens would include adhering to all COVID19 safety protocols including proper and regular use of face mask, following social distancing guidelines and avoiding mass gatherings.
Others, according to Abayomi, are imbibing and practising regular hand and respiratory hygiene, submitting for tests if symptomatic, self-isolating if positive and presenting to an isolation centre for follow up, Ogunbanwo stated.
The Commissioner noted that the State government would continue to educate and engage citizens on safety protocols and the need to take responsibility against the infection whilst also enforcing various guidelines and directives given by the government, the public affairs chief reported.
“We will deploy effective messaging and education via our various public information channels and platforms, while we enforce all guidelines through the respective state agencies,” Abayomi elaborated.
He noted that COVID19 positivity for inbound travelers coming into Lagos is on the rise with an increase of 8% this week alone and 4% cumulatively. This he attributed to the large numbers of Nigerians in the Diaspora who are returning to spend the yuletide in Lagos.
He encouraged inbound travelers to Lagos to ensure they self-isolate for seven days after arrival and submit self for testing at government accredited private laboratories upon expiration of the self-isolation period.
“According to the provisional quarantine protocol, all intending inbound passengers must test negative by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) done in the country of departure within 72 hours of boarding and are required to register via – http://nitp.ncdc.gov.ng and pay for a repeat (second) PCR test to be done upon arrival in Nigeria on day 7 at an accredited lab of their choice.
“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 7-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.
Abayomi noted that the resolve to stop COVID-19 transmission amongst the populace is unshaken adding that the Incident Command System will continue to vigorously pursue all strategies and plans to ensure a COVID-19 free Lagos and Nigeria.
“It is also important that citizens take responsibility and adhere strictly to safety protocols and government guidelines to curtail the spread of the infection”, he stated.