BREAKING; Sanwo-Olu to Lagosians: Wear your face mask or go to jail for six-months

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babjide Sanwo-Olu has made it mandatory for residents of the state to wear face masks.

A defaulter of this order henceforth faces a six-month- jail term.

This is sequel to the COVID-19 Health Protection Regulations, 2021 recently signed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

This order has come just about twenty-four hours the governor announced the approval of a N200-million-fund to support the ongoing COVID-19 patient management and treatment efforts of two Federal Government Treatment Centres in Lagos.

The governor stated this on Sunday while addressing State House Correspondents on COVID-19 update in the state at Lagos House, Marina. Sanwo-Olu said:

He said “The importance of non-pharmaceutical interventions cannot be overemphasized. All residents of Lagos State must continue to abide by the public health and safety regulations that have been issued by the health authorities, including the following: Wear a mask everywhere, ensure that you wash your re-usable mask regularly, and also properly dispose of used disposable masks, if you operate an office or business, insist on the wearing of masks before customers or clients can be granted access or rendered service.
“Follow social distancing guidelines, avoid mass gatherings or adhere to published guidelines for congregations, Practice regular hand and respiratory hygiene, if you feel any symptoms that correspond to the outlined symptoms of COVID-19, get tested. “Testing is FREE for symptomatic patients in Lagos State, through the network of public testing facilities, if positive, self-isolate or report to any Isolation Centre and follow-up clinics.

“The State Government has observed with dismay the widespread flagrant disregard and non-adherence to guidelines and protocols aimed at stemming and curbing the tide of infection.

“We particularly note that some event centres have been operating their premises outside the acceptable parameters for operation/usage and continue to be recalcitrant in this regard. This is to sound a very serious note of warning that henceforth all those found culpable and in breach of the existing regulations and guidelines would be swiftly and decisively dealt with in full accordance with the provisions of the law.

“It is hereby directed that no gathering of more than 50 persons shall hold in an enclosed space, except for religious purposes, in which case the gathering shall not exceed 50 per cent capacity of the space. A breach of the provisions of the Presidential Regulations attracts upon summary conviction, a fine or six months imprisonment and or both. “Our enforcement agencies have been appropriately tasked to ensure maximum compliance. All Lagosians are enjoined to continue to observe all laid down guidelines and protocols issued by both the state and federal governments for the effective containment and treatment of the novel coronavirus disease.”

“Lagos State continues to be the epicentre of the Coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria. As of January 29, 2021, Lagos State had recorded a total of 47,871 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

“Of this number, 34,094 have recovered in the community, while 9,856 are currently active in the community. Over the last 12 months, about 3,988 COVID-related patients have been admitted into the various care centers across the State; with a registered fatality rate of approximately 0.63 per cent (301 deaths). “Lagos State has 21 private and 4 public health laboratories accredited for Covid-19 testing. So far, a total of 316,801 samples have been tested, with 47,871 diagnosed as Positive. The test positivity ratio for January 2021 is 24 per cent, which means that one out of every four tests returns positive.

“This is the highest monthly average recorded in the last six months. It should be stressed that testing is free at all Lagos State public health laboratories, for all persons who fall within the case definition-that is, have symptoms such as fever, cough, cold, inability to smell or taste, headaches or general body weakness-or those who have come into close contact with anyone with any of these symptoms.

“To this end, LUTH will be receiving the sum of N150m and the Federal Medical Center, Ebute Metta will be receiving N50 million. These sums will be disbursed on Monday, February 1.

Talking about IVERMECTIN, Sanwo-Olu stated: “The State Government is aware of numerous international claims that the broad spectrum anti-parasitic agent/medication Ivermectin has shown some efficacy in acting as sustained prophylaxis in containing/inhibiting the causative virus in SARS-CoV-2. While this medication has not yet been approved for the broad treatment of the Coronavirus disease, the State Government has however taken the bold step of ensuring we have adequate stocks of Ivermectin, which will be initially deployed in a short clinical trial to ascertain its efficiency in our population to prevent and treat COVID-19 infection.

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