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Many People Who Tested Positive For COVID-19 In Lagos(Nigeria) Have Gone Into Hiding – Commissioner Reveals

According to the reports from the PREMIUM TIMES, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, said on Friday that a lot of people that tested positive for coronavirus were deed from being taken to isolation centres for treatment.

Mr Abayomi said this was one among the explanations the state still has unoccupied beds at the isolation centres despite recording more cases than its bed-capacity.

He spoke at the state secretariat on Friday when responding to the question on the discrepancy between the occupancy of the isolation centres and therefore the number of active cases within the state.

“There is additionally a situation that we experience, once we test people, sometimes they find it difficult to seek out them. The ambulances will enter community, people will flee their homes, and that they make it difficult for us to seek out them.”

Speaking on the strain doctors undergo, Mr Abayomi said some positive patients sometimes shut their doors or they leave their environment to avoid being admitted. He added that the patients don’t answer their phones also .

The commissioner said this is often because people are afraid to return to the isolation centres and therefore the ministry has no time to start out hunting people around the community.

“If you’ve got tested positive, we expect you to cooperate with us and make yourself available in order that you’ll be admitted and accessed.

“Our isolation facilities are really comfortable, it’s not just like the Ebola days, we’ve made tons of improvements.

“Members of the chief and senior people in government are admitted into those facilities. If I test positive, i will be able to attend one among those facilities,” Mr Abayomi said.

The commissioner said Lagos residents don’t have anything to be scared of because the staff are very professional.

He said the state still has about 307 unoccupied beds out of the 569 total bed spaces available within the state because most patients are yet to be admitted, while most are on the run after testing positive for coronavirus.

Mr Abayomi said the state has 569 bed-capacity and 45 per cent overall occupancy, while 307 bed spaces are available. As of Friday, Lagos has 1,037 active cases of coronavirus.

“We have just opened Gbagada Hospital and that we are yet to admit most of the patients we would like to admit into Gbagada. As soon as we fill Gbadaga up, our occupancy will increase to over 70 or 80 percent.

Below may be a breakdown of the isolation centres and bed-capacity in Lagos State as of Friday;

– Gbagada Hospital- 118

– Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) – 60

– communicable disease Hospital, Yaba -115

– Onikan Stadium Centre – 100

– Landmark Centre- 70

– Lekki Centre- 45

– Agidingbi Centre – 34

– First Cardiology Hospital – 5 (Critical case).

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