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We Are In The Stage Of Community Spread, Abayomi Says As He Warns Against Stigmatization


The Lagos State Commissioner for Well being, Professor Akin Abayomi, has mentioned that the state has reached a stage of neighborhood unfold in its struggle towards the COVID-19 and it’s making each effort to handle the scenario.

He mentioned this throughout an interview on Channels TV’s Dawn Saturday, whereas additionally urging residents and well being practitioners to not stigmatize folks.

“We are in the stage of community spread and we are trying to manage it. We are doing everything possible to ensure that Lagosians are informed, Lagosians are able to take the appropriate amount of risk based on their circumstances and that we are taking the right kind of support for the people,” Abayomi mentioned.

Relating to the problem of some individuals flouting the lockdown order and its general results on the struggle towards the pandemic, the commissioner mentioned: “I believe each phase of Lagos requires a barely completely different technique. It could actually’t be on cap matches all.

“Somebody in Victoria Island doesn’t have the identical priorities as somebody in Makoko and there’s a complete vary in between. I believe what Mr Governor is doing is that he’s attempting to measurement up all of the respective conditions.

“He will get a scenario evaluation daily, he debates with cupboard, information could be very crucial, we provide information every day and with that information, it lets you change your insurance policies and the insurance policies are altering each 24 hours primarily based on what we’re discovering and primarily based on sizzling spots,”.

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As of at present, the variety of circumstances in Nigeria now stands at 1,095 with Lagos because the epicentre because it accounts for greater than half of that determine.

Abayomi, nevertheless, believes that the state has been proactive in dealing with the circumstances.

“Nigeria’s figures are way better than any other figures we’ve seen around the world, for one, because at least in the epicentre in Lagos, we’ve been proactive,” he mentioned.

The commissioner additionally acknowledged that the pandemic had been predicted years in the past and the possibilities of extra of such pathogens infecting people, retains rising extra so, due to the elevated quantity of environmental degradation.

He, nevertheless, assured that the Lagos state understands its distinctive demographic profiles and is taking proactive steps.

“We knew one thing like this was going to occur since 2015 and the WHO had been telling us that it was going to occur.

“Numerous suppose tanks world wide have been predicting it. We name these form of germs, pathogens of excessive consequence.

“What which means is that if a pathogen like that will get into your neighborhood, there are excessive penalties not solely to your wellbeing however to your economic system and safety.

“The way in which the world goes now, we’re seeing a rise in variety of these zoonotic occasions…what we name the power of a harmful pathogen to leap from the animal kingdom, to the human kingdom and that’s as a result of we’ve destroyed our surroundings and the chance for these sorts of occasions goes to maintain rising.

“We all know that in Lagos and we all know that there are peculiar demographic profiles in Lagos and we all know that to achieve success in Lagos, you must be on the offensive as a result of now we have a really uncommon demographic profile and now we have a comparatively weak well being infrastructure.

“You don’t recognise your weak spot and wait to your enemy to come back. You exit and assault”.

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