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Lagos To Prosecute Defaulters Of COVID Guidelines


A file picture of the Commissioner for Health in Lagos, Professor Akin Abayomi. Photo: [email protected]

 

The Lagos State Government has commenced prosecution of inbound worldwide passengers who fail to submit themselves for Day Two and Day Seven PCR exams as mandated by the Federal COVID-19 protocols and pointers.

According to a press release issued on Tuesday by the Director, Public Affairs, of the Health Ministry, Tunbosun Ogunbanwo, the transfer turned obligatory on account of the dramatic rise in COVID-19 optimistic instances seen within the evolving fourth wave.

“Lagos State Government is concerned with the dramatic rise in cases seen in the evolving fourth wave. Identifying that our previous waves are associated with non-compliance of inbound passengers with the testing guidelines, we have commenced prosecution of inbound international passengers who fail to submit themselves for Day Two and Day Seven PCR tests as mandated by the Federal COVID-19 protocols and guidelines,” Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi was quoted to have mentioned.

“In addition, unvaccinated inbound passengers and anyone testing positive for COVID-19 are mandated to self-isolate at home for seven days. We will be sanctioning anyone found to be disregarding these guidelines, which are designed to minimize the community transmission of COVID and its variants”.

The Commissioner additional disclosed that the State authorities has began contacting the defaulting passengers and sufferers for arraignment earlier than a cellular courtroom for particular offenses.

Abayomi defined that defaulting recalcitrant individuals who flout the testing and isolation pointers has been ongoing for some time and is answerable for earlier waves of an infection in Lagos.

He added that the alarming pattern of defaulters constitutes a State and National public well being and safety menace, and sabotages all efforts to mitigate and scale back the affect of the fourth wave on residents and the financial system of the State.

According to him, inbound passengers are more likely to be carrying new variants of COVID-19 whose scientific implications and affect will not be but clearly understood amongst the inhabitants.

Abayomi famous that any citizen with signs of COVID or who check optimistic for the virus and refuse to isolate is inadvertently inserting different harmless residents in danger stressing that this may end up in extreme illness and loss of life notably in susceptible individuals. He added that this additionally locations an undue burden on State well being sources.

He mentioned: “From our information evaluation, we found that solely about 20 per cent of inbound passengers who pay for the COVID-19 PCR exams previous to their arrival in Lagos really submit themselves for the exams on the required day at our designated laboratories. Our information additionally exhibits {that a} vital variety of inbound passengers who really do the exams on the designated days are testing optimistic and in the event that they don’t self-isolate they pose a critical menace to the states capacity to handle the fourth wave.

“To defend the remainder of our residents from this irresponsible behaviour, the Lagos State Government is taking some decisive actions. We have began contacting all those who haven’t performed their Day two and Day seven exams by textual content messages. These messages will not be a rip-off. We advise that if you happen to obtain such a message please reply and current yourselves earlier than the cellular courtroom to elucidate why you didn’t do the Day two or Day seven PCR exams as required. If we’re unable to succeed in you by SMS, it implies that you’ve given us false info in your information types, this in itself can also be an offense.

“If we cannot reach you or you fail to present to a mobile court, your passport details will be forwarded to the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 and the Immigration Department who will in turn deactivate the passport of such persons for a year. And this basically means that they will not be able to travel out of the country for a period of one year”.

The Commissioner famous that the State authorities is not going to fold its arms and watch the irresponsible actions of some residents erode the success recorded within the battle towards COVID-19 stressing that the battle towards the worldwide pandemic is a shared duty and the State now has elaborate legal guidelines to guard its residents from the impacts of contagious pandemics.

Abayomi suggested passengers coming into Lagos to obey and abide by the laid down protocols, noting that ignorance of the regulation is not going to be a suitable excuse.

“It is also important to note that if you are positive on day two of entry into Lagos it may be likely that you are in possession of a fake PCR test that you used to board the inbound flight. This will also be investigated through our international networks. Fake PCR tests certificates and vaccination cards from any part of the world can be verified and will attract severe sanctions. Please do not solicit or entertain any offers to provide fake results or certificates”, he mentioned.

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