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Lagos health commissioner tests positive for COVID-19

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LAGOS State Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, has tested positive for coronavirus.

  This was disclosed by Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso in a statement today.

  “Subsequent to close contact with persons feeling unwell and testing positive for COVID-19 infection, the commissioner has tested positive for the virus. Omotoso said, that Abayomi became aware of his status following the required testing protocol of contact tracing procedures.

  According to the Information and Communication Strategy boss, Aboyemi is doing well with no symptoms.

  “Adhering to the protocol of the homebased strategy in Lagos State, the Honourable Commissioner will be isolating 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 Commissioner for Health.”

  Omotosho, while expressing his sympathy to the health commissioner admonished him not to lose any courage but remain very optimistic of very quick recovery.

  “Our prayers are with him and his family during his period of isolation,” Omotoso stated.

  In his reaction, the health commissioner in a series of tweets on his Twitter handle stated that he is responding positively to treatment, assuring that he remains committed to discharging his duties to the state.

  According to his tweeter message admitting contracting the infection,  “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.

  He however dismissed any fears about his overcoming the health challenge in good time, emphasising his commitment to the service of the state.

  “Nevertheless, I remain committed to continuing to discharge my duties as the Commissioner for Health and Deputy Incident Commander for COVID19 responses in Lagos State.

  “I am extremely enthusiastic and hopeful of overcoming this phase of our collective fight against COVID19.”

  Adding, he said “I have the full support of the Incident Commander and Governor of Lagos State, the entire cabinet of the government of Lagos State as well as my team Lagos State Ministry of Health to put this behind as soon as possible.

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

  He urged all citizens to continue to wear face masks and maintain physical distance as well as other established protocols to contain the spread of the virus.

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