Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has commissioned a 118-bed Isolation and Treatment Centre at Gbagada General Hospital, to attend to coronavirus patients in the state.
This was made known on Friday by the Lagos State Ministry of Health via its verified Twitter handle.
The Lagos health ministry stated that the commissioned 118-bed Isolation facility at the Gbagada General hospital ‘would be manned by highly skilled volunteer health workers trained in Infection Prevention and Control as well as #COVID19 case management’.
This brings to three the number of isolation centres in the state, including the Infectious Disease Hospital IDH at Yaba and the Onikan Isolation Centre at Onikan.
Meridian Spy reports earlier today Friday, the Federal Government is considering home care traetment of COVID-19 patients due to shortage of bed spaces in Lagos, Kano and Abuja.
The Director-General of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, during the Presidential Task Force PTF on COVID-19 briefing on Thursday, said there was bed spaces shortage especially in Lagos and partly in Abuja and Kano where the cases were high.
Ihekweazu stated: “Concerning the availability of bed spaces for the management of patients, there is no doubt that we are struggling in certain places especially in Lagos State, and to an extent Kano and Abuja. But the biggest challenge right now is in Lagos where bed spaces are really tight.
“Across the country we have about 3,500 bed spaces identified as available for coronavirus but in Lagos we are already struggling.
“So, we are going to work with them to keep trying to make more spaces available.
“But ultimately, we might have to change that strategy a little bit and start considering homecare in certain circumstances where – firstly you are able to provide a room where a patient can be managed sufficiently and secondly, we are able to support the care by enabling healthcare workers to come there. We will always be honest to Nigerians.
“We are struggling at the moment and we might have to adapt our strategies because of the realities we face.
“Over the next few days and weeks, and as we do that, we will make that clear to Nigerians.
“Our policy hasn’t changed but the pressure is there and that might have to change in the next few days.”
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