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Lagos lost 12 doctors, two nurses to COVID-19 — Health Commissioner

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IN its fight to contain the coronavirus pandemic, the Lagos Government has lost 14 health professionals to the pandemic.

  Lagos State Commissioner for Health,  Akin Abayomi stated this when he was honoured with the Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Award, (NHEA) along with 30 individuals and institutions in Lagos.

  The NHEA is an annual event which celebrates distinguished personalities and organisations who have contributed immensely to the growth of the Nigerian health sector.

  Speaking at the event, tagged: “Celebrating Our Healthcare Heroes, Prof Abayomi said: “During the battle of COVID-19, we lost 14 of our health professionals – 12 doctors and two nurses.

  “Due to people still dying of COVID-19 around the world, we implored the third wave committee to stop Lagos State from going to the third wave. The team is to make sure that we can carry on with our economic livelihood in the centre of excellence.

  “We have a policy not to receive any award on COVID-19 because the disease still exists, but today, we are here to acknowledge some of the bravery of all the health front line workers.”

  It was a double honours for Lagos State as the state emerged as the most responsive COVID-19 State Government of the Year, while the state’s Commissioner of Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, was celebrated as the Most Outstanding COVID-19 State Health Commissioner of the Year at the event.

  On behalf of Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos Governor, Abayomi also received the award of “Most Responsive COVID-19 State Government of the Year”.

   Abayomi, while receiving the ward hailed all health workers in Lagos State, saying the awards were dedicated to the healthcare practitioners who were committed to their work since the outbreak of the pandemic.

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