THE State Government has announced that it has exited the fifth wave of Covid-19, citing that severe complications from the disease had ended.
Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, disclosed this yesterday during the launch of a Lithotripsy Machine donated to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) in Lagos.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Abayomi also added that many residents have developed immunity against the disease from natural infection or vaccination.
Abayomi said “Now that we’ve weaned ourselves out of the fifth COVID-19 wave, it’s still rumbling around, but most residents have enough immunity either from natural infection or vaccination.
“We are not seeing the severe complications of COVID-19 infection anymore.”
The Commissioner added that the Lithotripsy Machine, donated by Mr Idowu Obasa, would assist many patients who would have otherwise gone through painful and dangerous medical procedures, as it is the first recipient of Lithotripsy Machine in public health facilities in Nigeria.
According to him, Lithotripsy is a noninvasive (the skin is not pierced) procedure that uses shock waves or lasers to break down stones in the kidneys, bladder or ureters.
He explained that kidney stones occur when minerals and other substances in the urine crystallise in one’s kidneys, forming solid masses or stones that are too large to pass through the urinary tract.
He commended the donor, noting that the machine would further assist LASUTH in raising the standard of healthcare in the state and also the country.