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We Discovered 119 Persons With COVID-19 Symptoms – Lagos Health Commissioner



Akin Abayomi

Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi said a total of 119 persons with coronavirus symptoms were identified during the house-to-house search embarked by the state.

At a media briefing on Tuesday, Abayomi said the 119 persons were identified after a total of 118,000 households were reached in the search for possible COVID-19 cases in communities, adding that tests are being conducted to determine their status.

He said the community search was activated to limit the spread of the disease in the state which has the highest number of COVID-19 patients in the country.

The health commissioner stated: “We’ve embarked on an active case search in communities. The idea is to go to hot spots and go from door to door with our health personnel. So far, in the last two days, we’ve visited 118,000 households and we’re looking for the typical symptoms of COVID-19. We’ve identified about 119 people who have the symptoms that are suggestive of COVID-19.

“But let me remind you that COVID is one of the viruses that can cause respiratory symptoms. There are many viruses. So, the idea is to take samples from these 119 and analyse them and that would give us an idea of how much COVID-19 activity is happening in the communities.”

Recall that the Lagos State government had last week announced it would embark on an exercise tagged ‘Community Active Case Search’ which is expected to run for an initial period of two weeks.

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