The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, has recovered from COVID-19 infection, a week after contracting the virus.
Mr Gbenga Omotoso, the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, made this known in a statement issued on Monday in Lagos.
“It is with gratitude to God that I announce the recovery and subsequent negative test for COVID-19 of the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi.
“Following the mandatory isolation, the commissioner retook a COVID-19 PCR test which returned negative yesterday (Sunday) evening.
“He is very grateful and humbled by the deep concern shown and expressed by Executive Council members, civil servants, Lagos residents, Nigerians, both locally and in the diaspora, through prayers, messages, phone calls and gifts,” Omotoso said.
He added that Abayomi would be returning to his full duties gradually and remained resolute in delivering the mandate of the state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, whom he said, stood by him steadfastly in these trying times.
“Gov. Sanwo-Olu, the Incident Commander, is excited by the news, and urged people of Lagos to realise that COVID-19 is still with us,” he said.
Omotoso, in the statement, quoted Sanwo-Olu, advising citizens of the state to continue to obey the guidelines of frequent handwashing, wearing of face masks and avoiding large gatherings, among others.
Daily Times Nigeria reports that Omotoso had on August 24, 2020, disclosed that Abayomi had tested positive to COVID-19 after close contact with persons feeling unwell.
Abayomi stated, “With utmost sense of responsibility, I am obliged to make it known to the general public that I have tested positive to #COVID-19.
“Consequently, I have proceeded on 14 days self-isolation and treatment at home.
“Nevertheless, I remain committed to continuing to discharge my duties as the Commissioner for Health and Deputy Incident Commander for #COVID-19 responses in Lagos State.
“I am extremely enthusiastic and hopeful of overcoming this phase of our collective fight against #COVID-19,” he said.
Subsequently, Abayomi proceeded on 14 days of self-isolation and treatment at home in managing the infection.