Lagos State Commissioner For Health Issues New Guidelines To Nigerians Above 65 On How To Avoid Contracting COVID-19

Lagos state commissioner for health, Prof. Akin Abayomi has issued new guidelines to Nigerians above 65 on how to avoid contracting the coronavirus pandemic popularly known as COVID-19.

Speaking during a press conference in Alausa, the commissioner advised residents above 65 to avoid worship centers ahead of the reopening of religious centers in the next two weeks.

Prof. Abayomi also reiterated the commitment of the state government to manage the public health of residents. Abayomi further stated that the government is deeply worried by the age group considered as vulnerable.

In his words:

“If you are over the age of 65, you should not go to these houses of worship. In fact, you should continue to exercise due diligence as to where you go and to what kind of environments you go to.

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For now, we are advising that over the age of 65, avoid these engagements. For those that do go to this engagement and go back home, what happens? Those that do go to the houses of spiritual worship, while you are there, we have cut down the number of people that can be in a room.

And while you are in that room, you must practice what we are standardizing as social distancing so that it reduces your chance of contracting the virus and taking the virus home to where you may have somebody in the house above the age of 65.”

A few days ago, the Lagos state government lifted the ban on religious gatherings in the state. The ban was implemented as part of measures to contain the spread of the novel Coronavirus in the state.

At a press briefing, the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said religious organizations in the state can be reopened from Friday, June 19th for the Muslims and June 21st for Christians.

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The governor stated that all religious gatherings must have not more than 40% of their congregation, and that persons below the age of 15 should be excused from places of worship while citizens that are above the ages of 65 should not be allowed into places of worship.

 

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