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Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Consider Malaria-like Symptoms as COVID-19 Until Proven Otherwise – Sanwo-Olu

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state on Tuesday said any malaria-like symptoms should be considered as Civic-19 infection until proven otherwise.

Sanwo-Olu said this while addressing Lagos State Government House correspondents on the management of the second wave of COVID-19, at Lagos House, Ikeja.

He said that the consideration was necessary due to increase in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Lagos State and Nigeria at large.

The governor said anyone with such symptoms should proceed to a public health facility or laboratory to get tested for free.

According to him, seeking help early significantly improves the chances of survival from severe to critical cases of coronavirus infection.

He said that it was important that Lagos State residents should live and act responsibly in order to augment government’s efforts in flattening the curve of the virus.

“In this second wave of the pandemic, any malaria-like symptoms should be considered as COVID-19  infection until otherwise proven.

“It is also important that we do not stigmatise or discriminate against anyone affected by this virus.

“Albeit highly contagious, the virus is not a death sentence, in most cases. Seeking help early significantly improves the chances of survival for severe and acute cases,´´ he said.

Sanwo-Olu urged the state residents to always wear face masks,  adding that they should regularly wash their re-usable masks and properly dispose of used disposable ones.

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