By Glam & Essence
Several days into the lockdown of Lagos,the Lagos State Commissioner for health, Akin Abayomi, has given a breakdown of the situation of the Covid- 19 pandemic in the state.
Briefing newsmen on Tuesday, he announced that most of the cases in the state are not severe as they are not in need of ventilators.
“Infact, we don’t have anybody that is requiring ventilation at the moment, which is a symptom of what you would describe as severe disease,” the commissioner stated.
His comments come hours after the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), announced an additional four cases of the Coronavirus, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 135.
Three of the cases were recorded in Osun State, while one was recorded in Ogun State.
Lagos State and the FCT, however, still hold the highest number of cases with 81 and 25 infections respectively.
The Health Commissioner noted that of the 81 cases, 66 came about as a result of transmission within Lagos.
“We have 15 cases that came off a vessel that was maneuvering off the coast of Lagos, doing some oil and gas work.
The ship had a positive case, we airlifted the positive case off the ship and we went back to test the 51-crew officials. We initially found seven positive, we removed the seven from the ship to Yaba and the company has isolated the remaining 44. Of those 44, another eight tested positive. So we had a total of 15 from that vessel off the coast.
So, that does not represent transmission within Lagos.”
He explained further that,
“We’re removing 15 from the 81, otherwise, it would give us a false impression of what’s going on,” he added.
According to him, of the 66, none of them is experiencing any severe symptoms.
“If we were to put a percentage on those 66, I would estimate the 33 out of those 66 are mild and about 33 are showing moderate disease just characterised by severe fever, feeling weak, some coughing and headache and body pains.
“But it is not extending to affect the organs such that we have lung or kidney failure,” he said.
The Commissioner added that aggressive contact tracing is being carried out to curb any further spread of the disease.