Prof. Akin Abayomi, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, reports that the state has lost 14 health workers due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
In a statement issued on Sunday, Abayomi stated that the state government was not resting on its laurels in the fight against COVID-19 and that strategies were being put in place to prevent a third wave of the disease in the state.
He was quoted as saying this while receiving a special recognition award from the Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Award for the government’s response and management of COVID-19.
At NHEA 2021, the state government was named the Most Responsive COVID-19 State Government of the Year, while Prof. Akin Abayomi was named the Most Outstanding COVID-19 State Health Commissioner of the Year.
“During the battle against COVID-19; the wave one and the wave two; we lost some our colleagues, we lost 14 health professionals; 12 doctors and two nurses. So, just to remember that there are still people dying around the world from COVID-19.
“We want to say that we appreciate all the work that has been done by the frontline workers and sacrifices that have been made; during COVID-19, some doctors and nurses and professionals never saw their family for four weeks; they were constantly on call working night and day trying to save lives,” Abayomi said.
The commissioner stated that the state government had a policy of not accepting COVID-19 response awards because efforts to prevent and manage the global pandemic were still ongoing.
He did, however, say that the NHEA award was given to the state government to recognize the bravery of all frontline workers.