Lagos free healthcare programme records 600 childbirths amid coronavirus lockdown

Lagos free healthcare programme records 600 childbirths amid coronavirus lockdown

- Lagos state has recorded 600 childbirths in the free healthcare programme set up by the state government

- The state government set up the programme to cushion the effect of the lockdown on residents of the state

- The governor of the state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, made the disclosure on Tuesday, April 14

The free healthcare programme set up by the government of Lagos state has so far taken delivery of 600 children amid the coronavirus lockdown.

The programme was set up as medical palliative measures to cushion the effect of the lockdown on residents of the state, Channels TV reports.

Legit.ng gathers that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu made the disclosure on Tuesday, April 14, while giving an update on how the state is tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Sanwo-Olu, Lagos residents have benefited from the medical palliative measures with over 18,000 patients freely attended to.

He said: “We announced medical palliative for all those who are in need of it at our 27 secondary health institutions and 57 primary healthcare facilities.

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“Within the time this has started over 18,000 patients have been able to access and have been given free medical service at each of these health facilities.

“I am also pleased to announce that over 600 childbirths have been recorded in this period all free of charge."

In other news, the chairman of the defunct Sosoliso Airlines, Victor Ikwuemesi, has died of coronavirus in London, a close friend of the family disclosed on Tuesday, April 14.

Ikwuemesi was admitted in a London hospital for an undisclosed illness and later tested positive for coronavirus in the hospital.

A close friend of the deceased's son identified as Ikechi Uko confirmed the death of the businessman. He described the death of the airline chief as very sad. Read more:

A family source said Ikwuemesi was in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on oxygen since he arrived in a hospital in London.

The source said: “But, when the oxygen was removed for him to eat he couldn’t breathe on his own. So they put him on a ventilator and he died shortly after."

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a Nigerian dog trainer identified as Idowu Abiodun said dogs could be trained to detect those infected with the deadly coronavirus.

Idowu stated this during an interview with Legit TV, in which he said dogs could be trained to smell an odour peculiar to those infected with the disease.

He said: "If that odour can be stabilised, you understand, and for a dog to quantify his smell in odour - trust me, a dog can lead you to COVID-19 patients and carriers."

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