By Zainab Olawunmi
The Lagos state government says it has identified 119 persons with COVID-19 symptoms during its search to various households in the state.
The state commissioner for health, Professor Akin Abayomi, disclosed this during a press briefing, on Tuesday.
He said the state government has reached 118,000 households in its “Community Active Case Search” exercise.
The exercise is expected to last for an initial period of two weeks.
He said samples of the 119 persons have been collected and a test will be conducted on them.
“We’ve embarked on an active case search in communities. The idea is to go to hot spots and go from door to door with our health personnel. So far, in the last two days, we’ve visited 118,000 households and we’re looking for the typical symptoms of COVID-19. We’ve identified about 119 people who have the symptoms that are suggestive of COVID-19,” he said.
“But let me remind you that COVID is one of the viruses that can cause respiratory symptoms. There are many viruses. So, the idea is to take samples from these 119 and analyse them and that would give us an idea of how much COVID-19 activity is happening in the communities.”
Lagos has recorded at least 192 confirmed cases of COVID-19 out of which 70 persons have been discharged and six deaths recorded.
A total of 343 confirmed COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in 19 states and the federal capital territory (FCT).