The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has ended his self-isolation after testing negative twice for coronavirus following 14 days of treatment in the state.
Sanwo-Olu, who confirmed his COVID-19 status, described the 14 days spent under self-isolation as one he wished to forget easily, having gone through mostly moderate symptoms.
The governor, while addressing newsmen at the State House in Marina, Lagos Island, on Thursday, disclosed that he was fortunate to have experienced moderate symptoms, unlike others that have been subjected to intensive care, as a measure to save their lives.
He said: “I was fortunate to have had a relatively moderate COVID-19 experience. About one in every 10 persons who contracts the disease in Lagos state is not so lucky; they have to go into intensive care, and some of them do not make it out alive”.
“And it is also for this reason, that I am here to appeal to us all today, that the best way to be lucky is not to get infected in the first place. The cliché, prevention is better than cure, should be a watchword for each and every one of us at this moment in time.
“Not only is COVID-19 here with us, but this second wave is also proving to be more ambitious than the first wave. We are seeing infection figures that are surpassing what we saw at the peak of the first wave, and, just like then, Lagos remains the epicenter”, he added.
The governor noted that the statistics declared daily by NCDC was not surprising considering Lagos status but indicated reasons everyone in the state must exercise an abundance of caution daily especially during the yuletide season.
“World over, Christmas is associated with gathering, merriment, and traveling – which all, sadly, contribute to the spread of the Coronavirus. We must now seek to minimize as much of these activities as we can, at this time and going forward”.
Sanwo-Olu stated that adhering to COVID-19 protocols would not only favour an individual but the public including members of his family that could contract the virus from him.