Lagos Health Commissioner renews war against COVID-19


The Lagos State Commissioner for Health and Deputy Incident Commander, Prof. Akin Abayomi has assured Lagosians of renewed effort to end the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

Abayomi who tested positive for COVID-19 last week said he has tested negative to COVID-19 infection after nine days of isolation and treatment.

He expressed his gratitude to the Incident Commander and Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and stated, “I wish to assure you all that I am back, better and bouncing. Together we shall win the fight against #COVID19 by doing the right!”.

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“With a deep sense of appreciation to God Almighty, I share with you the good news of my testing negative to #COVID19 infection after 9 days of isolation and treatment.

“I am indeed gratefull to #COVID19Lagos Incident Commander and Governor of Lagos @jidesanwoolu and the entire members of the Executive Council of Lagos for the overwhelming support and outpouring of love throughout the period of my isolation and treatment.

“I am most grateful to my colleagues in Nigeria and in the Diaspora for the inspiring messages and fervent prayers.”, the commissioner said.

“To the amazing people of Lagos, I wish to express my sincere appreciation for the prayers and show of love. Encouraging messages from well wishers sped up my recovery process and made my #COVID19 experience less challenging.

“I am also grateful to GOD for the tremendous progress we are making in the fight against the spread of #COVID19 in Lagos am glad the numbers of infections are declining by the day.

“I therefore urge us all to keep observing necessary #COVID19 regulations in public spaces and remain vigilant at home. I wish to assure you all that I am back, better and bouncing”. Abayomi added.

Also, in a statement, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy Gbenga Omotoso while reacting to the development said, “It is with gratitude to God that I announce the recovery and subsequent negative test for COVID-19 of the Honorable Commissioner for Health.

“Following the mandatory isolation, the commissioner took a COVID-19 PCR test, which returned negative yesterday evening.

“Prof. Abayomi is very grateful and humbled by the deep concern shown and expressed by Executive Council members, civil servants, Lagos residents, Nigerians, both locally and in the diaspora, through prayers, messages, phone calls and gifts.”

Omotoso said the health commissioner will be returning to his full duties gradually and remains resolute in delivering the mandate of the governor, “whom he says stood by him steadfastly in these trying times; he sincerely appreciates Mr. Governor’s gesture”.

“Governor Sanwo-Olu, the Incident Commander, is excited by the news and urges Lagosians to realize that COVID-19 is still with us. They should keep obeying the guidelines – washing their hands, wearing face masks and avoiding large gatherings, among others,” the statement added.