Lagos state commissioner for health Akin Abayomi, says a total of 118,000 households have been reached while searching for possible COVID-19 cases in communities.

Vanguard News revealed that, this development was disclosed by the commissioner at a media briefing on Tuesday, that the community search was carried out to limit the spread of the disease in the state which has the highest number of COVID-19 patients in the country.

After the search, Abayomi stated that 119 persons were found with symptoms of coronavirus but tests are being conducted to determine their status.

He said, “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,”

Speaking further, he also said, “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.”

In his closing words he stressed that, those identified to have COVID-19 will be taken to the isolation centres, in order to reduce the opportunities for transmission.