The Lagos State government has announced the establishment of coronavirus testing stations in 20 local government areas in the state.
The Lagos Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, on Sunday, said the testing stations were provided in order to increase COVID-19 testing capacity in the state so that citizens who fit the case definition of the disease can visit and drop samples for testing.
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Abayomi said the strategy was “geared towards bringing COVID-19 testing opportunity closer to the people as well as taking work strain off health workers who visit several local governments for case search and sample collection”.
He stressed that the new arrangement provides an opportunity for people with symptoms of COVID-19 at the local government to present themselves early for testing
“Explaining further, the Commissioner clarified that “they are not testing stations, they are sampling stations and if you meet the criteria for testing, you will be able to receive the counsel of the staff and your sample will be taken.”
Abayomi also disclosed that “wearing of face masks does not protect against COVID-19 Infection but rather protects people around an infected person from an increased amount of aerosol generated from coughing or sneezing.”
He further urged residents to report symptoms of COVID-19 infection to the dedicated toll-free helplines – 08000CORONA.
“The Commissioner disclosed that the two fatalities recorded in the government isolation centre resulted from late presentation to the State facilities as the deceased were already at a very late stage of their complications and eventually died en route to the hospital #CovidLASG.”
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