Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has announced the discharge of 11 more patients who recovered from the virus.
In a statement on Thursday, the Governor said: “Today, I have some good news for you concerning our desperate battle against Coronavirus, the lethal disease that has changed our world and tested to the limit our resilience as a people.
“Even as this battle continues, amid so much anxiety all over the world, I am happy to break to you, my good people of Lagos, the news of the release today of 11 more patients from our facility in Yaba.
“They have fully recovered and tested negative to COVID-19 and have been allowed to return home to their families.
“This brings to 18 the number of discharged patients in Lagos since the index case was reported”.
He went on: “The patients include two females and nine males, who were discharged after testing negative twice consecutively to #COVID19.
That the tests results of these patients came out negative twice is a big assurance to us that they pose no threat to the community.
“We are, therefore, releasing them in furtherance of our commitment to a disease-free State.”
The Governor thanked the frontline health workers who took care of the patients as well as members of the Lagos State Health Family and the Emergency Operation Centre for their resilience and diligence in the face of the daunting challenges.
He said: “It is a thing of joy that we have not recorded any mortality and we hope – and pray – that it remains so.
“We will not rest on our oars but continue to work assiduously for the full recovery of the other patients so that they can return home to their families and the community.”
“I am happy to note the excitement of the patients. They are full of gratitude to our dear State that has stood by them all the way, the health workers and all those who contributed one way or the other in the fight against this unseen but vicious enemy of mankind. The Health Commissioner and all members of the medical team got kudos.”
One of the former patients, according to the Governor, said: “Initially, I found it hard to settle into the facility.
“In fact, the first two days I spent here were so lonely for me but I gradually settled and found companion in my fellow ward mates.
“The doctors and other health workers who attended to us were amazing and we appreciate their sacrifices.”
Sanwo Olu also stated it was not time to relax but maintain vigilance against coronavirus because of the community infection that the state was beginning to experience. (The Nation)