For the first time since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria in February 27,2020, Lagos State, yesterday, recorded 17 cases, the lowest and the fifth on the list of 221 new cases confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC}
But the the figure for Lagos State has been dismissed as unreliable by observers who explained that a vast majority of carriers of the pandemic in the State have not surrendered for test. The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi is the latest in the series of high profile victims of the pandemic in Nigeria.
“ Let nobody believe in the 17 new cases announced for Lagos State yesterday. I do not trust the figure. Many Lagosians, neither wear nose mask nor keep physical distancing. It is more disturbing in the markets, motor parks and rural areas. Many artisans do not believe in existence of COVID-19.
“ These artisans even claim that it is a disease of the affluence and not the poor people. Lagos State Government should do a lot more in enforcing compliance with COVID-19 protocols. We should not be carried away by the low figure announced for the State. It is deceptive .”, said a Lagos-based visibly angry school proprietress in her late 50s.
Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotosho had in a chat with The Kernel lamented people’s lukewarm attitude towards compliance with COVID-19 protocols. Omotosho explained that people ought not to be forced to comply. According to him, arresting offenders may pose space challenges in the police stations.
“ The police do not have the space to detain people; the courts are also busy. Our people should just show some responsibility. It is tough. We will press on with our advocacy.”, said Omotosho.
By the confirmed cases yesterday, Plateau State topped the list with 60 cases, followed by FCT, 33, Kaduna, 26, Rivers, 18, Enugu, Kwara and Ondo, 9 each, Nasarawa, 6, Gombe and Anambra, 5, Delta and Abia, 4, Imo, 3, Ogun, Oyo and Osun, 2 and Bauchi and Kano, 1 respectively. There are 53,031 confirmed cases nationwide as at yesterday, 40,021 discharged and 1,010 death.
The Federal Ministry of Health had on the 27th February, 2020, confirmed COVID-19 pandemic case in Nigeria in Lagos State, the first case to be reported in the country since the beginning of the outbreak in China in January 2020.
The first case being an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria and returned from Milan, Italy to Lagos, Nigeria on the 25th of February 2020. He was confirmed by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, part of the Laboratory Network of the NCDC.