By OKUNADE ADEKUNLE
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage the world, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt ( Hon) Mudashiru Obasa, has charged the executive governor of the state, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the 57 local governments Chairmen to come up with new ideas to combat the deadly virus, saying that there is need to enforce the relevant laws to stop the spread of the virus.
Obasa who gave this advice on Thursday evening when the lawmakers received state Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi and some officials and representatives of 20 Local Government Areas (LGAs) and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the state, noted that all hands must be on deck in order to deal with the pandemic once and for all.
While commending the state executive arm under the leadership of Governor Sanwo-Olu for the role it had played so far in combatting the pandemic, the Speaker maintained that necessary laws must be applied in order to stop the spread of the disease.
According to Obasa, “I believe we should come up with new ideas in dealing with the coming challenges. There is a law which we have passed and people must obey these laws. If there is need to amend certain parts of the law, let us do that. People who are infected should not refuse to go to Isolation Centres, they should be arrested, that is why we have the law.”
He urged the local government and local council development areas officials to join in the battle to stop the spread of the virus, saying “As local government officials, this is the time to show action and convince your people at the grassroots.
“This is the time to show them that we can get over this pandemic; you need to give them reasons why they must listen and obey the government because leadership is about showing the way.
“We don’t have to relent in our campaigns and say the people are not listening to us because if we continue like this in the next three weeks, everything will be down and your offices will become useless, there won’t be revenue generation and allocation will seize. So every local government must come up with new ideas to confront this pandemic,” Obasa added.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Health, who briefed the lawmakers on the challenges facing the executive arm in dealing with the deadly virus, disclosed that a very large number of people had been infected with the disease but because they are asymptomatic, they had been going about infecting other people.
Abayomi lamented the inaccessibility to drugs used in treating those in the Isolation Centres, saying “One of the major problems we are having is the access to drugs used in treating the patients. Because the drugs are not produced locally, it has been difficult getting them and because this pandemic is a global thing, the demand for these drugs are in excess.
“Also, we have about 35 ventilators that have not been fully activated because we don’t have the personnel to man these gadgets. For one ventilator, you need about six different medical personnel to handle it. But in a matter of days, these ventilators will be activated for use,” said Abayomi
It will be recalled that the coronavirus pandemic had held the world to ransom as it had killed over one million people across the world. As at the time of filing this report, according to the National Centre For Disease Control (NCDC), 108 new cases have been reported; 78 in Lagos, 14 in FCT, 5 in Ogun, 4 in Gombe, 3 in Borno, 2 in Akwa Ibom, 1 in Kwara, 1 in Plateau.
Currently, nationwide, 981 are infected, 197 have been discharged while 31 deaths is recorded.