COVID-19: Many patients run away in Lagos after testing positive - Commissioner

COVID-19: Many patients run away in Lagos after testing positive - Commissioner

- Some coronavirus patients in Lagos are afraid of being admitted into isolation centres

- This was revealed by the commissioner for health in the state, Akin Abayomi, on Friday, May 8

- Abayomi added that such patients run away after testing positive to the deadly virus

Akin Abayomi, the commissioner for health in Lagos, on Friday, May 8, revealed a stunning reality faced by medical practitioners in the state as they attend to coronavirus patients.

Abayomi, responding to questions that border the seemingly unexplainable difference between the occupancy of the isolation centres and the recorded number of cases each day, said that many patients are actually scared of being admitted, Premium Times reports.

The commissioner added that due to this fear, many persons who test positive to the virus run away from the centres.

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He stated: “There is also a situation that we experience, when we test people, sometimes they find it difficult to find them. The ambulances will go into community, people will flee their homes, and they make it difficult for us to find them.”

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that one of the primary health centres designated for sample taking to test Lagosians for coronavirus had said the results of 20% of those that came to the centre came out positive.

According to her, over 150 people had so far been tested at the centre. Doctor Ubani, a medical officer at the centre made the disclosure when Legit TV visited the centre recently.

She said the process has been smooth since the centre started testing Lagosians for the deadly disease, adding that test results are released 48 hours after they have been conducted.

Dr Ubani also explained how patients who come out positive are contacted and evacuated to the isolation centres. According to her, the centre does not bother about negative test result, but they send it to those who request for it.

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In other news, a couple identified as Maureen and William Sharp, who were married for 57 years, have died of coronavirus within a day of each other.

Maureen and William, aged 74, were taken to the hospital on Sunday, April 5, but died on April 8 and April 9, respectively, Metro reports.

The couple, who celebrated their 57 years of marriage on Hogmanay – New Year’s Eve, had two daughters, and four grandchildren.

Their daughter, Yvonne, 53, said: "Dad hadn’t been feeling well for about a week, Mum was quicker within a couple of days.

"They got taken to hospital on Sunday and mum died on April 8 and dad died on April 9, less than 24 hours apart. Dad didn’t have a fever when the ambulance came, Mum did."

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