The Lagos State Government has announced that Prof. Akin Abayomi, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, has tested positive for COVID-19 and has gone into isolation.
The commissioner has gone on the mandatory two weeks isolation and would continue to discharge his duties from home, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotosho said in a statement on Monday.
“Subsequent to close contact with persons feeling unwell and testing positive for the COVID-19 infection, the Honorable Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, has tested positive for the virus. Professor Abayomi became aware of his status following the required testing protocol of contact tracing procedures.
“However, he is doing well with no symptoms. Adhering to the protocol of the home-based strategy in Lagos State, the Honorable 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 Honorable Commissioner for Health.
“Our prayers are with him and his family during his period of isolation.”
Persecondnews recalls that Abayomi, a professor of medicine, was at the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, Yaba, Lagos, before his appointment as commissioner in June 2019.
He was the Lead Consultant to the West African Health Authority, ECOWAS and has been very active in the fight against the pandemic featuring at daily briefing by the Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the Incident Commander.
Lagos maintains its position as the national epic centre of COVID-19.