COVID-19: Third wave, we are on alert -Lagos

Lagos State Government yesterday boasted that every necessary measure has been put in place to prevent third wave of COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

Lagos State Government yesterday boasted that every necessary measure has been put in place to prevent third wave of COVID-19 pandemic in the state. 

Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, stated at the ministerial press briefing to commemorate second year in office of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. 

Abayomi  said the state government was putting strict measures

and strategies which included developing technologies for home based treatment, working with ECOTELEMED to monitor inbound travellers, promoting non pharmaceutical interventions in place to curb the third wave of COVID-19, saying any one feeling unwell should go for tests.

He also said aside from the aim at mitigating the third wave of COVID 19, the state was intensifying its fight against COVID by scaling up its testing capacity, aggressive oxygen strategy, building oxygen plants and three more would soon be commissioned vaccination, develop the biosafety laboratory,  proactive in its vaccine roll out plans.

During the period under review, he said the state  had built health care facilities and tried its best to take up the issue of Tuberculosis through early detection and treat it aggressively in order for it not to be a neglected disease

The Commissioner said the ministry was committed to manpower development putting in place the state medical and innovation zone which would take care of research.

He further affirmed that Sanwo-Olu had giving a blueprint for the transformation of medical facilities in the state which included rehabilitation and regeneration of general hospitals while collaborating with the private sector to improve and provide qualitative healthcare to Lagosians.

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A press statement by the Embassy on Friday, said: “During the visit, Townsend met with the Nigerian President’s Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari, and National Security Adviser, Babagan Monguno, to discuss regional security issues and to express the command’s gratitude for the assistance provided during a hostage rescue operation last year.

“When we asked for their help, the Nigerian government answered the call. Our hostage recovery mission in October would have been impossible without their support.

“They quickly provided assistance that helped the U.S. military to save an American life. That is a strong example of our partnership with Nigeria.”

Townsend also met with senior military officials, including the Minister of Defence, Bashir Salihi Magash, and the Chief of Defence Staff, General Leo Irabor, to talk about on-going cooperation in the region and greater maritime security and threat mitigation.

Nigeria is a key partner in countering violent extremist organizations throughout the Lake Chad Basin.

Townsend said furthermore: “The bilateral relationship between Nigeria and the U.S. is built on several pillars including security cooperation.

“U.S. Africa Command will do our part to advance the security cooperation pillar, so that Nigerians can enjoy the more secure future they all deserve.”

As close partners, the U.S. and Nigeria have worked at ensuring the collaborative relationship continues to grow to include a commitment to interoperability. Nigeria purchased 12 A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft, which will be delivered later this year.

“Nigeria’s purchase of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft is another example of their commitment to interoperability and security in the region,” he added. “Our economic relationship with Nigeria is already strong, and we look forward to the continued strengthening of security relationships. Nigeria’s leaders understand the importance of a collaborative approach to ensuring stability in West Africa and partnering on areas of mutual interest.”

The Commander also met with the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard.

Leonard said: “General Townsend’s visit to Nigeria demonstrates the strategic importance the United States places on our bilateral relationship with Nigeria.

“Our security cooperation partnership with Nigeria’s military will strengthen the country’s capabilities to secure land and sea borders, enhance overall security, and combat terrorism in the North East.”

As part of the visit, Townsend participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Nigeria Military National Cemetery to honour those who have given their lives in the service of their nation.

During the visit, the delegation expressed their condolences for the seven service men killed in the crash of a Nigerian Air Force aircraft in Abuja.