By Bonita Onyeka, For Agenda Watchdog, April 14, 2020
(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The Active Case Search, an aggressive community search programme initiated by the Lagos State Government to help stem the tide of COVID-19 in the State, which has the highest number of confirmed cases of the virus in Nigeria, seems to be paying off as 110 persons were discovered with symptoms of the virus in the 118,000 households so far reached. This was closed by Akin Abayomi, Lagos State Commissioner for health during a media chat on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.
According to Abayomi, “we’ve embarked on an active case search in communities. The idea is to go to hot spots and go from door to door with our health personnel. So far, in the last two days, we’ve visited 118,000 households and we’re looking for the typical symptoms of COVID-19. We’ve identified about 119 people who have the symptoms that are suggestive of COVID-19.
“But let me remind you that COVID is one of the viruses that can cause respiratory symptoms. There are many viruses. So, the idea is to take samples from these 119 and analyse them and that would give us an idea of how much COVID-19 activity is happening in the communities.”