Lagos State Health Commissioner, Prof. Akin Abayomi, says the state’s youth population gives it an advantage in fighting the pandemic.
He said that young people are doing well with the virus and the government is going to conduct a genetic analysis of this section of their population.
The commissioner, who confirmed this on Channels Television on Saturday, said there was no reported serious case of the virus among the young Lagos population.
He added that all the young people in the state have no point in testing because they have “any degrees of resilience.”
He said, “When we look at where we are now, we see 70 to 80 cases a day and they see thousands in Europe, so there’s certainly something special here.
“In medicine you only check if you can do something about the result. We must have a policy which determines our levels of testing. And the policy has to match in with our capability and strategy.
“We have a budge for young people. Most Lagosians are young, and there seem to be some degree of resilience among the young. We’re not seeing significant cases in youth. We also looked at our study of mortality and most are elderly people with underlying risk factors.
“Young people are doing well with this virus for whatever reason, and our biology may have something to do with this virus, so we’re talking about testing our population’s biology to see if a few people are getting to the serious case.
“What’s the point of checking all the young people at Lagos when it’s not going to really change the outcome. What we should be looking for are the individuals who can improve the gameplay with any medical treatments.
As of Saturday night, more than fifty per cent of the over 1000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country were reported in Lagos, according to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control.
Since 11 pm, March 30, as part of efforts to curb the spread of the virus, the nation’s commercial capital has been on lockdown ordered by the Federal Government.