Professor Akin Abayomi, the Commissioner for Health in Lagos State has tested positive for COVID-19.
This development was made public via a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy in the state, Gbenga Omotosho.
The statement confirmed that the AKin Abayomi tested positive for COVID-19 after coming in close contact with persons unwell.
The Statement titled; “Press release on the positive COVID-19 Status of Lagos Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi’ read;
“Subsequent to close contact with persons feeling unwell and testing positive for the COVID-19 infection, the Honorable Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, has tested positive for the virus.”
Professor Abayomi became aware of his status following the required testing protocol of contact tracing procedures.
“However, he is doing well with no symptoms. Adhering to the protocol of the home-based strategy in Lagos State, the Honorable Commissioner will be isolated in his home for the next 14 days but will continue to discharge his duties both as the Deputy Incident Commander of the Incident Command System for COVID-19 and most especially, as the Honorable Commissioner for Health.”
Professor Akin Abayomi also took to his Twitter handle to share his COVID-19 status as he goes on the compulsory 14 days self-isolation.
With utmost sense of responsibility, I am obliged to make it known to the general public that I have tested positive to #COVID19.
Consequently, I have proceeded on a 14 days self- isolation and treatment at home. pic.twitter.com/a2ZFpj9OZ7
— Prof. Akin Abayomi (@ProfAkinAbayomi) August 24, 2020
Lagos State still leads with the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country with a total number of 17,894 confirmed cases, 2, 483 on admission currently, 15,209 have been discharged while 202 have died as a result of the virus.
In the latest report by the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), the state also had the highest number of daily cases as at 23rd August with 130 fresh cases out of 322 recorded across the country.