Nigeria: Lagos state to recall retired health officials, disinfects public buses over covid-19
London, March 23, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Lagos state government, South West Nigeria may recall retired health officials to join in the battle to contain the spread of deadly covid-19 infection in the country.
Already, some of the retired health officials who are still considered strong enough to render help on the front line have been put on notice.
The directive to recall retired health officials in the state was contained in a statewide address by the State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Sunday and twitted by his press secretary, Gboyega Akosile
#UPDATE: more health practitioners are being trained and retired health personnel are being put on notice that they may be recalled to serve in this trying times.#COVIDー19— gboyega akosile (@gboyegaakosile) March 22, 2020
Aside directing public officers from Grade level 1 to 12 to stay at home for the next 14 days, the governor equally directed that no passenger must, henceforth, be allowed to stand in the government run buses as part of precautions to curb the spread of the coronavirus infection in the state
Breaking….!!! Lagos State civil servants from Grade Level 1-12 should stay at home for the next 14 days with effect from tomorrow 23rd of March, 2020 – – – @jidesanwoolu @drobafemihamzat @JokeSanwoolu @YArobieke @gboyegaakosile @Mr_JAGs @LSMOH @Fmohnigeria @Oreoluwa_Finnih pic.twitter.com/3nn99ARs3j— The Lagos State Govt (@followlasg) March 22, 2020
“In terms of proactive measure we are taking to curb the spread of the disease, we have shut down all public and private schools and institutions of higher learning and we have also instructed that we should not allow congregation gatherings of more than 50 people at any time”.
The Managing Director, Lagos Bus Services Limited, LBSL , Mr. Idowu Oguntona, said the cleaning of the Lagos operated buses, commonly referred to as Lagbus has been upgraded to include fumigation to reflect the current reality in the state.
“Based on our usual operating standards, we would pay more attention to the cleaning and sanitising of our buses. As we speak, we have enhanced our cleaning regime to ensure that all surfaces within our buses are properly disinfected, including the handrails, hand poles, seats, drivers’ cabin and dashboards
While informing that hand sanitising facilities are being deployed across all its depots, stations and frontline staff areas, Oguntona added that the company is also putting in place necessary parameters to avert further spread of the virus.
In his words, “As we speak now, protective gears are being provided for all our staff that are interacting with commuters, whilst the use of sanitisers in all our stations is now continuous. This is in addition to infrared thermometers that are being deployed at the company headquarters and across our stations and depots”.
“Apart from the aforementioned measures, we are also sensitising all our stakeholders on the available measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease and how to conduct themselves to be safe in our buses”, Oguntona added.