I’ll beat coronavirus – Lagos commissioner

The number of coronavirus-associated deaths in Lagos State increased to 181 on Wednesday with four more fatalities, said the state’s Health Commissioner, Prof Akin Abayomi.

Lagos Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, says he is responding positively to treatment after testing positive for COVID-19.

The state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, had in a statement on Monday disclosed Abayomi’s COVID-19 status.

Abayomi, in a message posted on his Twitter account, @ProfAkinAbayomi, said that he remains committed to discharging his duties to the state, while expressing optimism that he will beat the virus.

“With utmost sense of responsibility, I am obliged to make it known to the general public that I have tested positive to #COVID-19.

“Consequently, I have proceeded on 14 days self-isolation and treatment at home.

“Nevertheless, I remain committed to continuing to discharge my duties as the Commissioner for Health and Deputy Incident Commander for COVID-19 responses in Lagos State.

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“I am extremely enthusiastic and hopeful of overcoming this phase of our collective fight against COVID-19.

“I wish to, however, assure you all that my family members and I are fine and are responding positively to treatment,” he wrote.

The commissioner urged residents of the state to continue to wear face masks, maintain physical distancing, as well as obey other established protocols for COVID-19 prevention.

Meanwhile, the Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, through his Twitter handle on Monday, wished Abayomi speedy recovery.

“I wish my dear brother and colleague @ProfAkinAbayomi, a speedy recovery. Very grateful for your strong leadership of the COVID-19 response in Lagos State.

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“We will keep pushing, and urge Nigerians to adhere to all public health and safety measures, so we can control this outbreak,” Ihekweazu wrote.

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