…Empowers Tailors, Seamstresses to Mass Produce Locally Made Face Masks
In order to increase coronavirus (COVID-19) testing capacity in Lagos, the State Government has set up sampling stations in the 20 local government areas of the State where citizens that fit the case definition of COVID-19 can visit to drop samples for testing.
Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi who stated this today at a Press Briefing to give situation report on COVID-19 in Lagos, noted that the strategy is geared towards bringing COVID-19 testing opportunity closer to the people.
He added that the idea is also aimed at taking work strain off health workers that visit several local government for case search and sample collection.
Abayomi stressed that the new arrangement would provide opportunity for people at the local government with symptoms of COVID-19 to present themselves early for testing.
Said he ,”we have decentralized the locations where you can have yourself submitted for sampling. So what we’ve done is to move sampling stations to the local government. And if you feel that you have any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19, you can present yourself to this decentralized sampling stations”.
“They are not testing stations, they are sampling stations and If you meet the criteria for testing, you will be able to receive the counsel of the staff and your sample will be taken”.
“We are not just testing anybody, there is a criteria for testing; you either must have COVID-19 symptoms to meet the case definition or be in close contact with somebody that have been confirmed with COVID-19. Your samples would be taken and it would then be sent to one of our accredited testing facilities and those facilities will then perform the tests”, the Commissioner explained.
He added that the strategy would help the COVID-19 response team get a better idea of what is going in the community and also make the diagnosis of COVID-19 early at the local government level.
While answering a question on the use of facemask for COVID-19 prevention, Abayomi disclosed that wearing of face masks does not protect against COVID-19 Infection but rather protect people around an infected person from the an increase amount of aerosol generated from coughing or sneezing.
“There is some theoretical evidence that the wearing of masks may indeed reduce the amount of droplets in the environment from the person that is infected with COVID19 and that is the reason why we are beginning to define the strategy of face masks for the general community”, he said.
Abayomi disclosed that the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has already given instructions that tailors and seamstresses should be commissioned to commence mass production of locally made face masks from a standard design that have been given to them.
He stated that the wearing of the home made mask is just to reduce the amount of droplets that may be produce and aerosolized by the process of coughing and sneezing.
“Tailors and seamstresses are empowered to produce and provide standard home made face mask that the public can gain access to and wear without pulling on the limited stocks of professional face masks that health professional require such that in a couple of weeks, we will be able to mass produce locally made face masks not medical mask”.
He noted that the State is not encouraging the public to go and purchase medical mask because it would deprive the medical community of the medical mask that they require for their professional activity.
The Commissioner urged residents to report early symptoms of COVID19 infection to dedicated COVID19 toll free helplines – 08000CORONA.
He added that early presentation of COVID19 symptoms by patients will help provide best opportunity for patients to survive the infection as it will give room for timely and adequate intervention and care.
“It is important members of the public are aware that the sooner we get to know about you and the sooner we can admit you. If you have mild to moderate symptoms under the supervision of our expert we may be able to prevent you from moving from moderate to severe and prevent you from moving from severe to critical case”
“We implore the communities not to feel the urge to stay at home when you have symptoms of COVID19 because you are more likely to survive the COVID19 infection under our supervision”, Abayomi said.
The Commissioner stated further that the two fatalities recorded in the Lagos was as a result of late presentation to the State facilities as they were already at a very late stage of their complications and eventually died enroute to the hospital.
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Somolu Local Government – Wright Memorial Primary Health Centre (Emmanuel Street, Somolu)
Ifako Ijaiye Local Government – Ifako Mini Stadium (College Road beside Ifako General Hospital)
Ojo Local Government – Ojo PHC (1, Rest House, Ojo)
Eti-Osa Local Government – Ikota Primary School (Lekki-Epe Expressway)
Surulere Local Government – Surulere LG Secretariat (24 Alhaji Masha Road, Surulere)
Kosofe Local Government – Ogudu Area Office (By Ogudu Roundabout, Ogudu Road)
Amuwo Odofin Local Government – Amuwo Odofin LG Secretariat (41 Road, Festac Town)
Ikorodu Local Government – ItaElewa PHC (Oriwu Road, Ikorodu) / Igbogbo PHC (32, Bola Ahmed Way, Igbogbo)
Lagos Island Local Government – IganIduganran PHC (151/152 Adeniji Adele Road, Lagos Island)
Epe Local Government – Epe PHC (Epe/Ijebu-Ode Expressway bu Oba’s Palace)
Lagos Mainland Local Government – Simpson PHC (1, Glover Road, by Simpson Street, Ebute-Meta)
Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government – Akere PHC (106, Baale Street, OluwaAkere)
Ibeju Lekki Local Government – Awoyaya Mayfair Estate (Beside First Bank)
Apapa Local Government – Apapa Iganmu LCDA Secretariat (41, Gaskiya Road, Badia Apapa)
Alimosho Local Government – Bola Ahmed Tinubu PHC (Vulcaniser Bus Stop, Egbeda) / Ipaja mini-stadium (Fela Field, Ipaja) / Rauf Aregbesola PHC (1, Powerline Road, Okunola, Mosan-Okunola) / Meiran PHC (1, Meiran Road, Meiran) / Ijegun PHC (30, Kudeyibu Street, Transformer Bus Stop, Old Isolo Road, Ijegun, along Ejigbo Road / Helen Aderonke PHC (Olorunfunmilayo Primary School, OPC junction, Idimu Bus Stop)
Oshodi Isolo Local Government – Ajibulu PHC (1, Ajibulu Street, Mafoluku, Oshodi)
Ikeja Local Government – Ikeja LG Secretariat (2/3, Obafemi Awolowo Way)
Agege Local Government – Sango PHC (2, Balogun Street, Pen Cinema, Agege)
Badagry Local Government – Ajara Flagship Health Centre (1, Wande Street, Opp. 100 Shops, Ajara Badagry)
Mushin Local Government – Isola Road PHC (Isolo Road, near Zone D Police Command, Mushin / Odi-Olowo LCDA Secretariat (Ilupeju).