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Lagos to enforce testing guidelines for travelers

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Lagos State government is putting plan in place to prevent another wave of COVID-19, following the flattening of the second wave.

A statement by the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi says a significant dip in the number of positive cases and deaths were being seen-going by the low occupancy rate of isolation centres, reduction in the demand for oxygen and the positivity rate that has decreased from around an all-time high 35% in December 2020 to 1.5% as at April 2021.

The trigger for a third wave in Lagos is likely to be the importation of new COVID-19 strains from inbound travelers.

He noted that it is important that passengers are still required to be in receipt of a negative COVID-19 PCR test at least 72hours before departure to and landing in Lagos State, book and pay for their day 7 test either through the National portal nitp.ncdc.gov.ng and/or the Lagos State portal covid19.lagosstatebiobank.com.

Prof. Akin Abayomi said all passengers must have paid for their tests before arrival in Lagos State. Failure to do this will result in delays at the airport.

As per current Federal Government regulations, the passports of the indigenous passengers will also be forwarded to the authorities for deactivation and foreigners may be subject to deportation.

Passengers that are anxious to come out of isolation before day 7 will be given options for earlier testing. Whilst in isolation, passengers will have access to our healthcare professionals and will also have our COVID CarePacks delivered, if required – at no additional cost.

The Commissioner said residents would also have access to our COVID CarePacks and if their conditions get worse, would be evacuated to one of our isolation centers for proper medical attention.

He advised residents to stick to the laid down protocols of wearing facemasks in public gatherings, washing of hands and maintaining social distancing, even after receiving the vaccine.

He noted that all facilities have been placed on high alert to pick up early trends that may suggest a 3rd wave while we continue to improve all our systems for any eventuality.

“The partnership between the Lagos State Government and the private sector in mitigating the second wave is well recognized and cannot be over emphasized. I, therefore, would like all stakeholders to embrace this partnership going forward because this is needed in the prevention of the third wave.” The Commissioner stated

Omolara Omosanya

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