LAGOS STATE MINISTRY OF HEALTH REELS OUT STRATEGIES TO MITIGATE COVID-19 3RD WAVE

12/05/21

BRIEFING ON 3RD WAVE PREVENTION STRATEGIES

TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE TO COVID-19 PREVENTIVE GUIDELINES, THE LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT HAS ENACTED A LAW WHOSE SANCTIONS RANGES FROM A JAIL TEAM TO FINE.

SPEAKING AT A BRIEFING WEDNESDAY ON THE NEED FOR PEOPLE TO STAY SAFE AND PROTECTED AGAINST THE CORONA VIRUS, THE COMMISSIONER OUTLINED OTHER STRATEGIES PUT IN PLACE BY THE STATE ON HOW TO PREVENT A 3RD WAVE AND HOW TO MANAGE THE SITUATION IF IT DOES HAPPEN.

HE NOTED THAT
WITH LESS THAN ONE PERCENT OF IT’S POPULATION VACCINATED So FAR NIGERIA IS AT A HUGE RISK OF THE 3RD WAVE OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC ESPECIALLY WITH THE LARGE VOLUME OF TRAFFIC FROM ABROAD THROUGH THE VARIOUS AIRPORTS

SOME OF THE STRATEGIES AS ITEMISED BY THE COMMISSIONER INCLUDE A RAMP UP OF TESTING FROM TWO THOUSAND TO THREE THOUSAND SAMPLES DAILY, UTILIZATION OF TECHNOLOGY LIKE THE EKO TELEMEDICINE TO MONITOR INBOUND PASSESSENGERS FROM THE AIRPORT WHO CAN LIKELY COME IN WITH THE NEW STRAIN OF THE VIRUS,ENFORCEMENT OF NON- PHARMACEUTICAL MEASURES AND INCREASED VACCINATION.

IN ADDITION TO THE INITIAL FIVE HUNDRED AND SEVEN THOUSAND DOSAGE OF THE VACCINE GIVEN TO LAGOS STATE BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, ANOTHER FIFTY SEVEN THOUSAND DOSAGE HAS BEEN GIVEN TO THE STATE BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THIS THE COMMISSIONER FOR HEALTH SAID WILL BE DEPLOYED FOR RING VACCINATION STRATEGY FOR PEOPLE RESIDENTS WHOSE RELATIVES HAVE JUST ARRIVED FROM ABROAD FROM PLACES WHERE THE NEW STRAINS ARE ENDEMIC.

BEYOND INDIA AND TURKEY WHERE LARGE CASES HAVE BEEN RECORDED IN RECENT TIME, THE LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT HAS ALSO NOTED SOME AMBER COUNTRIES FOR CLOSE MONITORING.

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