Lagos state’s health commissioner, Akin Abayomi, recently announced the state government’s readiness to commence a house-to-house survey.
He charged residents to be ready to answer questions from health workers who are going house-to-house asking about coronavirus symptoms.
The health workers will “make inquiries about symptoms of cough, cold and fever”, Prof Akin Abayomi is quoted as saying in a tweet by Lagos state government.
Coronavirus infects the lungs. The two main symptoms are a fever and a dry continuous cough, which can sometimes lead to breathing problems.
Prof Abayomi is quoted as saying the survey “is in a bid to intensify our search for possible cases of Covid-19”.
A similar survey was carried out in Cameroon’s biggest city Douala. There, they identified 2,313 people to be tested out of 198,640 who were screened, the health minister, Manaouda Malachie, said in a tweet.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says that laboratories in the country have a capacity to process 1,500 tests a day whereas the city of Lagos has at least 14 million residents.
Nigeria has so far confirmed ten deaths and 323 cases of coronavirus, 85 have been discharged.