Lagos has already passed the worst of COVID-19, says health commissioner
Lagos State has already passed the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, said on Wednesday.
Abayomi, who spoke during a programme on Nigeria Info 99.3FM, a radio station, however noted that the scourge was not yet over.
The Commissioner is currently in isolation after testing positive for the coronavirus disease.
Speaking on the theme ‘Fighting COVID-19 in Lagos’, Abayomi said, “Lagos might be a its peak in the COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s not over yet as we may see an escalation of positive cases.
“However, until we see a decline in the number of positive cases, we shouldn’t relent.
“We believe the lockdown was not effective because of the reality of a city where people go out to fend for themselves on a daily basis. If not, you will replace a health crisis with an economic crisis.
“Concerning the number of positive results seen this period, we have sample collection centres in every local government in Lagos, so the more we test the more cases we find. If there are no more positives, then the outbreak is slowing down.
“Our observation is that Lagos has passed the worst of the pandemic; it has passed the peak of the pandemic and is now on the flattening stage and over time, we will experience a down slope of the virus, then the end of COVID-19.”
The Commissioner attributed the low fatality rate from the disease in Lagos to the large young population in the state.