Lagos state Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi has revealed why the state has recorded more coronavirus cases than Kano, which it shares similar demography with.
Speaking at a press conference on Thursday May 21, the commissioner stated that though Lagos state is yet to reach its peak, the number of coronavirus cases recorded is following the trend as expected.
Giving more reasons, Abayomi disclosed that Lagos has increased its testing capacity, whereas Kano has only one testing center, which only became functional recently.
The health commissioner stressed that there are 4 functional testing centers in Lagos, therefore more cases are expected to be diagnosed.
Also, Abayomi talked about decentralized sample collection in the state. According to him, Lagos residents no longer need to wait for the state’s epidemology team to come to their houses for sample collection or go to isolation centers for coronavirus tests.
The commissioner said there now 20 decentralized sample collection centers in the state which residents can easily walk into, to provide their samples for testing.
As at May 20, Lagos has 2954 confirmed cases of Coronavirus while Kano has 847 cases.
Meanwhile, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, in Kano has announced that 40 out of 50 doctors and health workers that got infected at various points of duty have been discharged after full recovery.
The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Abdurrahman Sheshe, disclosed this while receiving donations of some hospital consumables and food items.
Prof. Sheshe said;
It is really a thing of joy to share with you the review on the test of those workers who were infected by COVID-19 some weeks ago and put on Isolation.
I was just being notified that forty of them tested negative, no death was recorded and no condition attached with their discharge.
The CMD added that the remaining ten staff who are still in isolation are doing well and would probably be discharged before the end of May.