Monday, August 31, 2020 3:58 pm
-17 things that make him “tick”
By Ademola Adegbamigbe
His case was like a blacksmith working on the anvil, feeling the heat! Professor Akin Abayomi, Commissioner for Health, Lagos State who has been in the forefront of the fight against covid-19, contracted the virus, declared it publicly and went into isolation.
Now, the Professor has returned from the valley of the shadow of death, in manner of speaking. He has recovered.
This was made known today, 31 August, by Mr Gbenga Omotoso, Commissioner for Information, Lagos State.
In his words: “It is with gratitude to God that I announce the recovery and subsequent negative test for COVID-19 of the Honorable Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi. Following the mandatory isolation, the Commissioner retook a COVID-19 PCR test which returned negative yesterday evening. Professor Abayomi is very grateful and humbled by the deep concern shown and expressed by Executive Council members, civil servants, Lagos residents, Nigerians, both locally and in the diaspora, through prayers, messages, phone calls and gifts. He will be returning to his full duties gradually and remains resolute in delivering the mandate of Mr. Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, whom he says stood by him steadfastly in these trying times and is very appreciative of.
“Governor Sanwo-Olu, the Incident Commander, is excited by the news and urges Lagosians to realise that COVID-19 is still with us; they should keep obeying the guidelines- washing their hands, wearing face masks and avoiding large gatherings, among others.”
When Professor Abayomi went into isolation on 24 August, he said publicly: “With utmost sense of responsibility, I am obliged to make it known to the general public that I have tested positive to #COVID19. Consequently, I have proceeded on a 14 days self- isolation and treatment at home.
Nevertheless, I remain committed to continue to discharge my duties as the Commissioner for Health and Deputy Incident Commander for #COVID19 responses in Lagos State. I am extremely enthusiastic and hopeful of overcoming this phase of our collective fight against COVID-19.”
As reported on this platform same day, Gbenga Omotoso, the Lagos State Commissioner for Information said Prof Abayomi contracted the virus subsequent to his close contact with persons feeling unwell and testing positive for the COVID-19 infection. He added that Professor Abayomi became aware of his status following the required testing protocol of contact tracing procedures.
“However, he is doing well with no symptoms.
“Adhering to the protocol of the homebased strategy in Lagos State, the Honorable Commissioner will be isolating in his home for the next 14 days
“But will continue to discharge his duties both as the Deputy Incident Commander of the Incident Command System for COVID-19 and most especially, as the Honorable Commissioner for Health,” the Commissioner said.
Below are 17 facts that make Professor Abayomi “tick”, according to Olatunji Ola Babalola (FB)
1.He is a Professor Emeritus of Medicine
-Ademola Adegbamigbe, Editor of TheNEWS, has been reporting life, politics and the economy in the last 26 years.