*R-L: Prof. Akin Abayomi, Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy at a press briefing
Even as the nation battle the spreading Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, good news has continued to fly in from Lagos State, which is also the epicenter for the dreaded disease especially with the number of patients that have recovered from COVID-19 infection. The government of the state has again discharged four coronavirus patients, which now brings the total number of discharged persons in Lagos State to 23.
Prof. Akin Abayomi, the Commissioner for Health, who disclosed this at a news conference earlier today added that the state had earlier discharged 19 patients. With this latest positive development, the total number of discharged COVID-19 patients in Nigeria has now risen to 24 peoples.
Prof. Abayomi however appealed to Nigerians to continue to maintain social distancing to save the state adding that severe cases may be witnessed in the state if people continued to behave as if they are not bothered by the pandemic.
He added, “The graph is flattening. As our numbers increase, we may see some critical cases. From the numbers we have, we don’t have many numbers like that of Europe. Social distancing is so effective. You may be infected and have mild symptoms. We have only one or two cases that are severe.” Providing additional breakdown of the cases, he said, “Eti-Osa Local Government has the highest number of confirmed cases in Lagos State. 91 per cent of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Lagos are Nigerians, nine per cent are foreigners.”
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos who confirmed the development tweeted, “More great news from our Infectious Disease Hospital as four patients – three females and one male have recovered fully, tested negative twice and have been discharged. This gives us a lot of hope as we continue to listen to our health experts and provide the resources to beat the COVID-19 pandemic.”