12,720 vaccinated in Lagos in 48 hours

By Oyebola Owolabi

Twelve thousand, seven hundred and twenty persons were vaccinated in Lagos State in 48 hours after the exercise kicked off.  Of the number, 6,535 are male.

Commissioner for Health Prof. Akin Abayomi gave the update for March 16 yesterday on his verified Twitter account @ProfAkinAbayomi.

Vaccination started on March 12 at the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) in Yaba, with 88 other accredited centres in the 20 local government areas starting on March 15.

“I encourage Lagos residents to be readily available for vaccination, just as Mr. Governor @jidesanwoolu, frontline workers and I have been vaccinated. It is our personal and collective responsibility to be vaccinated to prevent the severity of third and fourth waves of the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

The commissioner added that bed occupancy in public and private COVID-19 care centres has reduced from 60 per cent to eight per cent.

Abayomi said from the beginning of February, there had been a decline in bed occupancy rate at the care centres. According to him, five of the 11 private and public care centres were currently empty.   He said 520 free bed spaces were available from the total 554 in the 11 care centres.

Abayomi, however, said the state recorded 47 new COVID-19 infections on March 15, increasing its confirmed cases to 57,073.

According to him, total tests conducted since the pandemic began were 379,723.

He said 3,869 patients have been successfully treated, recovered and discharged.

Abayomi said 49,966 recoveries were recorded in communities, while cases currently under isolation were 20, and active cases under home-based care 2,866.

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