Kayode Oyero

Nigerians have berated the Lagos State Health Commissioner, Prof. Akin Abayomi, for visiting the first index case of the novel Coronavirus without using any form of personal protective equipment.

In a number of pictures released by the commissioner on Saturday, he was seen standing at a distance not more than a meter from the Italian patient without any form of nose mask, hand gloves or special body covers as seen in other countries like China, US, Iran, France, among others where cases of COVID-19 are isolated.

The PUNCH reports that some doctors in China who wore PPE around Coronavirus patients died after they were infected with the virus.

In one of the pictures, a mosquito door net was the only barricade between Abayomi, who stated that he spoke with the patient at the Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital in the Yaba area of the state during the visit.

Abayomi (first right) with two others without PPE at the facility where the Italian is quarantined

He said, “I visited the COVID19 patient, a male Italian national, who is isolated at the Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, where he is been managed by our well-trained staff. I spoke to him and assured him of Lagos State government’s resolve to ensure he gets adequate care.”

The state government on Saturday had hurriedly moved the patient from a shabby facility to a ‘better’ one after Saturday PUNCH exclusively reported that the patient was very upset about the condition of the facility and had complained of heat and mosquitoes.

@adewalefajana said, “I expected that Prof would be in full protective gears when visiting the patient. We can’t afford to lose another prominent person like him. Dr. Adedevoh’s departure leaves a wound so hard to heal.”

@aiksmart said, “Prof, to imagine that you went into this facility with zero PPE is mind-blowing!”

@Mrsegun11 said, “The prof self isn’t safe right now.”

@ESQUIRE_LGD said, “I see three prospective COVID patients.”

@tosin_olaluwoye said, “Prof, I don’t think there is anything heroic about visiting a coronavirus patient WITHOUT PPE. Yes, maybe you did not get to close but as they say, better safe than sorry.”

@macheteros expressed shock at the demarcation between the commissioner and the patient, saying, “Is that a net door I see? Jesus!”

@ogbokomerry also said, “You mean you went there without PPE? Just a net door separating you from the Italian guy. I am in shock!”