Lagos State government on Monday said it is on high alert to prevent a third wave of the deadly Covid-19 pandemic.
The government also warned residents to be on high alert and not assume that the worst is over.
Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi in a statement said the state government is also going to enforce the Federal Government’s guideline on foreigners and Nigerians coming in from India, Turkey and Brazil to prevent the spread of another strain, which may result in a third wave in the state.
The statement said: “Lagos State is set to take steps to prevent another wave of Covid-19, following the flattening of the second wave.
“We are seeing a significant dip in the number of positive cases and deaths – going by the low occupancy rate in our isolation centers, 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 strains from inbound travelers.
“On the authority of Mr. Governor, who is the Incident Commander, immediate measures to fully enforce the protocol just announced by the Federal Government will be adopted for every inbound person which include banning entry to non-Nigerian passengers who have been in Brazil, India or Turkey in the last fortnight due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus in those three nations.
“Nigerians and permanent residents of Nigeria who have been in those countries in the last 14 days will have to undergo mandatory quarantine for a week in a government-approved facility on arrival and all passengers arriving in Nigeria will now have to show a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of travel rather than the previous 96 hours period.
“Lagos residents should not assume the worst is over by going on without adhering to any precautionary measures.
“Residents are still advised to stick to the laid down protocols of always wearing facemasks in public gatherings, washing of hands and maintaining social distancing, even after receiving the vaccine.
“We will improve our capacity to conduct additional analysis on all positive cases to assist us in determining the predominant strains in our environment.
“This, I am certain, will help us gather relevant analytic intelligence that is critical for planning and defining treatment protocols. We are also increasing our capacity to generate and manufacture oxygen.
“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.”