COVID-19: Alimosho at risk – Lagos govt

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Lagos Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi covid-19
Lagos Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi
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The Lagos State Government has suggested that Alimosho local government area could be at risk of spiking the coronavirus pandemic after a case linked to the LGA was announced.

Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi who gave the warning during a news conference noted that the population of Alimosho can make coronavirus spread difficult to contain.

Prof Abayomi said the state government hoped to shift attention to Alimosho Local Government because its statistics showed the community was endangered because of the density and the new positive cases from there in the last one week.

Alimosho is the largest local government area with an estimated population of over two million people.

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On Monday, Chronicle NG observed that most of the residents in the area were observing the lockdown directive by the government although a number of residents were seen driving their vehicle along Ikotun to Isheri.

Roadblocks mounted by police officers and officials of the Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Agency did not deter many.

Chronicle NG reports that one or two commercial buses were plying the route in complete defiance of the social distancing directive.

Also at the press conference, Prof Abayomi called for all nations to collaborate, experts from China went to Europe to assist Italy and Spain, these are well developed countries.

“We are running short of molecular biologists, we will not mind receiving assistance from any country that can give us human resource capacity. An experienced molecular biologists is trained not less than four years.

“I am not aware that we are inviting any doctors from abroad to come and assist us, we are only interested in scientists and molecular biologists and logisticians because 70 per cent of response to COVID-19 is logistics,” he said.

Abayomi appealed to Lagos residents to stop making hoax calls to the coronavirus lines. He said about 31,040 calls, to report suspected and real cases on the dedicated lines to alert on coronavirus had been fake calls.

He stated that these fake calls were 80 per cent of the total calls made on the line, lamenting that these fake calls were blocking the state government from attending to those who really needed help, as they were unable to reach government through the lines.