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Covid 19: Lagos records 135 deaths in 3rd wave, commences Moderna vaccination

Ayodele Olalere

The Lagos State government on Monday said it will commence administering the 299,992 doses of Moderna Covid 19 vaccines it received from the Federal Government on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, across its 150 centres in the state.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu who stated this while giving an update on the state government management and monitoring strategy of the third wave of COVID 19, at the Lagos House, Ikeja, said people should log in to the dedicated portal to register as vaccination would be based on appointments.

The Governor also said Lagos was committed to tracing persons of interest that arrived in the country and herd vaccination of its citizens as it was been proactive in its strategies which included testing, isolation, vaccine and home-based care through Ekotelemed, saying they had been recording low COVID 19 positivity rate on people that had earlier been vaccinated with the double dose of AstraZeneca vaccine.

He said the government was expecting another delivery of AstraZeneca vaccines soon urging people who had taken the first dose to be patient and said Lagos had lost over 500 lives to COVID 19 out of which one 135 fatalities happened within the third wave while commiserating with the families that lost their loved ones.

Speaking on the resident doctors strike,
Governor Sanwo-Olu said it was unfortunate but that government was working round the clock to resolve it while urging the people to continue to adhere to the safety protocols put in place by the government and health organisations across the world to contain Covid 19 pandemic.

The governor said as of August 21, 2021, the state had recorded a total of 70,563 confirmed cases of COVID-19 out of which 60,716 have recovered in-community, and 4,387 are currently being managed actively in-community.

” Over the course of managing
the COVID-19 pandemic, about 5,551 patients have been admitted into our various COVID-19 care centres in Lagos, with 506 registered fatalities. Of these deaths, 135 have sadly, happened in this current third wave,” Sanwo-Olu said.

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On those that have benefited from the home-based care programme, powered by the EKOTELEMED call centre, the governor said the programme has catered to 5,074 Covid positive persons, out of a total of 20,716 positive persons.

He said the state has been able to mitigate the spread of the third wave through vaccination during the first and second waves, adding the state “have not spared any cost to ensure that the vaccines that have been provided by the Federal
The government are made available to every resident that meets the requirements for the vaccination program.

He urged those yet to receive the vaccines not ‘visit any of the allocated facilities until they have registered online and been given an appointment date.

“Register and book an appointment on the
Federal Government’s vaccination portal, at nphcda.vaccination.gov.ng. You can find the list of healthcare facilities at which vaccinations will be taking place on the website of the Lagos State government,” he added.

He also reiterated warnings that those who had received the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine should not take the Modena vaccine as a second dose but rather should wait until the state received the second batch of Astrazenaca vaccine.

“Our ultimate goal in Lagos State is to vaccinate 60% of our residents in good time,” he said.

For In-bound passengers from countries tagged as red zones such as South Africa, India, Turkey, and Brazil, he urged them to abide by protocols by isolating themselves, adding between May 8, 2021, and August 21, 2021, a total of 88,847 Persons of Interest (POIs) arrived in Lagos via the Murtala Mohammed Internationa Airport, out of which 1,073 have tested positive following arrival.