The Lagos State Government through Prof Akin Abayomi, the state’s Commissioner for Health, has warned citizens and residents of a possible fourth wave of COVID-19 pandemic which according to reports, is likely to hit in December. The commissioner raised this alarm when speaking at a press conference this weekend.
The commissioner highlighted that passengers coming into the country from high-burden countries might increase the spread of the virus, and warned citizens and residents of the state to observe all covid-19 safety protocols. In his words;
“Many Nigerians staying abroad will be returning home to celebrate Christmas with their families. Most of these people will be coming from countries where there is a heavy burden of COVID-19 and where we know the virus is changing and mutating.
The potential drivers of a fourth wave in Lagos and Nigeria are passengers arriving, especially from heavy-burdened countries in Europe and the United States into Lagos. About 86 per cent of all inbound flights into Nigeria come through Lagos.
It is only inevitable that if passengers are travelling in large numbers from these countries where they are about to experience the fourth and fifth wave, we should expect some activities in Lagos as a result of these movements. At the current rate of the response across the country, we are likely going to encounter a fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in December 2021.”he said
Prof Akin Abayomi, lamented the low vaccination rate in Nigeria, revealing that vaccinations are already more than 50 percent of their eligible populations., he said;
“The other problem we have in Lagos and Nigeria is that our rate of vaccination has been quite low; it is just below three per cent, whereas our target should be over 40 per cent. Many countries around the world have exceeded 50 per cent vaccination of the eligible population.
At the current rate of the response across the country, we are likely going to encounter a fourth wave of the COVID19 pandemic in December 2021. Lagos State has only vaccinated about 2.6 per cent of its population, leaving it susceptible to a fourth wave.”