COVID-19: Lagos, Canada to collaborate on health interventions, strategies

COVID-19: Lagos, Canada to collaborate on health interventions, strategies

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, has said that the government was exploring opportunities for mutual collaborations with Canada on COVID-19 response and other health care interventions.

Abayomi disclosed this regarding the COVID-19 treatment; through a series of tweets on his official Twitter account @ProfAkinAbayomi on Tuesday, January 26.

The commissioner said that the collaboration was discussed during a courtesy visit of the Acting High Commissioner of Canada, Mr Nicolas Simard, to his office.

According to him, the meeting which is at the instance of the Canadian High Commission is aimed at exploring opportunities for mutual collaborations with the Lagos government and its health ministry on COVID-19 response and other healthcare interventions.

“I gave a brief overview of COVID-19 response in Lagos State; particularly on measures and strategies put in place to prevent escalation.

“I emphasised the importance of upgrading healthcare facilities; including installation of modern equipment; commissioning of Isolation centres and ramping up of COVID-19 testing capacity,” he said.

The commissioner also reiterated the state’s efforts in the areas of inclusion and partnership with the private sector.

He highlighted efforts on the adoption of a Home-based Care Strategy for managing asymptomatic and mild COVID-19 cases, as well as upscaling of sources of oxygen at treatment centres.

He emphasised other emergency situations including critical support needed by the state, in addressing gender-based violence and healthcare delivery services.

Abayomi, who presented the envoy with the ministry’s 2021 diary, expressed appreciation for the visit and readiness to collaborate on effective health delivery for a greater Lagos.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, January 26, finally took decisive action; to rein in the worsening security situation in Nigeria by firing the current Service Chiefs.

The President also announced the appointment of new officials to oversee the security affairs of the country.

Equally important, Buhari made this pronouncement via a series of tweets on his Twitter page.

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“I have accepted the immediate resignation of the Service Chiefs, and their retirement from service. I thank them all for their overwhelming achievements in our efforts at bringing enduring peace to Nigeria; and wish them well in their future endeavours.”

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