Prof. Akin Abayomi, Lagos State Commissioner for Health, says seven non-public laboratories have been included to reinforce COVID-19 pattern testing within the state.
Abayomi made the disclosure on Friday in Lagos, whereas giving an replace of the state’s COVID-19 scenario.
He mentioned that the non-public laboratories have been chosen by means of a rigorous accreditation course of.
The commissioner listed the laboratories as: Total Medical Services; SynLab; 54Gene; Medbury Medical Services; Biologix Medical Services; 02 Medical Services and Clina Lancent Laboratories.
According to him, because the state repeatedly makes an attempt to open up varied elements of its economic system, it’s crucial that COVID-19 checks is broadly accessible to members of the general public.
Abayomi additional mentioned that the state took the strategic choice to incorporate non-public laboratories in its testing of COVID-19 in a bid to ramp up its capability.
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He, nonetheless, mentioned that the state’s COVID-19 response would stay a centrally managed emergency response by the federal government.
“We expect the selected laboratories to commence testing COVID-19 cases within the next few days,” the commissioner mentioned.
According to him, 9,497 instances have been confirmed COVID-19 constructive in Lagos, whereas 1,470 have been handled and discharged on the state’s isolation centres.
He disclosed that 128 sufferers, which represent 1.three per cent of
sufferers who examined constructive for COVID-19 in Lagos, had died of the virus.
Abayomi mentioned that between three to 5 per cent of Lagos residents contaminated with COVID-19 had a particularly extreme to crucial type of the virus.
The commissioner famous that the chance of dying in that proportion of sufferers with extreme signs was extraordinarily excessive.
“We say that most individuals have a light to average illness, whereas that may be so, between three to 5 per cent of Lagosians that bought contaminated with the virus have a particularly extreme to crucial type of COVID-19.
“The threat of dying in that proportion is extraordinarily excessive.
“Two, three or 4 per cent would possibly seem to be a small proportion, however even, one per cent of 25 million folks is an excessive amount of, that’s about 250, 000 Lagosians.
“We are not prepared to lose 250, 000 Lagosians to the virus, and certainly will not like to contemplate that number,” he mentioned.
The commissioner appealed to residents to observe all social distancing measures and hygiene directed by the federal government towards lowering the unfold of COVID-19.
He mentioned all residents, particularly these above 50 years previous, these with underlying illnesses, reminiscent of diabetes, hypertension, weight problems or any medical situations that intervene with the immune system, was susceptible to COVID-19.
Abayomi disclosed that Eti-Osa Local Government space continued to have the very best variety of reported instances of COVID-19 in Lagos.
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He added that different native governments areas with excessive an infection of COVID-19 have been Alimosho, Kosofe, Ikeja, Oshodi, Surulere, and Lagos Mainland.
The commissioner mentioned that the state had not relaxed its directive for social distancing, pointless actions, spiritual gatherings and opening of colleges.
Abayomi added that the state authorities was intensifying its messages on enlightenment and prevention of the virus.
He urged the residents to help the state authorities’s efforts by adhering to the measures.
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