The Lagos State Government says it is increasing material and human resources to cope with the rising cases of COVID-19.
The Comissiomer for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi made this known at a news briefing in Alausa, Ikeja.
Prof Abayomi who said COVID-19 cases are yet to be reported in three Local Government Areas in the State, announced that Sample collection centres have been established in 20 local government areas.
In addition to what he called “holding facilities strategically located across the State, Professor Abayomi revealed that bed-capacity at the Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba would be increased to 300 with an additional 150 tent facility, while the isolation facility at Gbagada and the makeshift one at the Landmark centre on Victoria Island would be inaugurated tomorrow (Monday 20/4/20)
At the time of filing this report the State had recorded 14 Covid-19 related deaths.
Prof Abayomi explained that only two of the COVID-19 related fatality were recorded at the State controlled isolation facilities and as such, the deceased patients were brought in when their conditions had already deteriorated.
He advised those who are experiencing Covid-19 related symptoms to present early for testing especially by visiting the decentralized sample centres in the Council areas as this would help increase their chances of surviving the virus.
“It is important members of the public are aware that the sooner we get to know about you and the sooner we can admit you. If you have mild to moderate symptoms under the supervision of our expert we may be able to prevent you from moving from moderate to severe and prevent you from moving from severe to critical case”
“We implore the communities not to feel the urge to stay at home when you have symptoms of COVID-19 because you are more likely to survive the COVID-19 infection under our supervision”, Abayomi said.
On the handling and burial of COVID-19 bodies, Professor Abayomi said there was no policy barring the State from handing over the corpse to the family of the deceased once the protocol on handling such cases had been completed.
The Commissioner who warned that Lagos is yet to reach the peak of the virus infection advised residents to continue with the social distancing and personal hygiene measures
He said ” we know we have not peaked yet, we don’t know when that peak will happen, it may take a few more months, but as long as we can keep the numbers of new cases per day, just increasing at a gradual rate, then that define our curve as being flat as opposed to a steep curve and that also indicates that the Lagos State strategies are indeed working”
Prof Abayomi said so far, over 5million residents with Covid-19 -like symptoms have been tested during the house to house search and only 3persons were found to be positive for Coronavirus
Lagos mainland, closely followed by Eti-Osa and Ikeja are still the top locations
where majority of confirmed COVID-19 cases are recorded.