- Lagos state commissioner for health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, has said they will be concentrating on people with severe cases of coronavirus
- The health commissioner also noted that people with mild cases will be managed at home
- Abayomi explained that the decision is because they have exceeded the containment phase
Professor Akin Abayomi, the Lagos state commissioner for health, has noted that only people with severe cases of coronavirus will now be concentrated on and isolated in the state as positive cases continue to increase.
According to The Nation, the commissioner who said patients with mild symptoms will be managed at home explained that this decision was because the containment phase has been exceeded.
Abayomi went on to note that Lagos is now at the active community transmission stage.
He said home treatment has been intensified for COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms as Lagos state is running out of bed spaces due to the number of cases recorded.
He said: “We have exceeded the containment phase now. We are at the active community transmission stage.
“We will be concentrating on people with severe cases and isolating them while mild cases will be managed at home. Our attention is shifting to community-based isolation.”
The state has the highest number of persons infected by the coronavirus in Nigeria. While speaking at the briefing of the presidential task force on COVID-19 the director-general of NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu, said efforts are being made to change strategy in order not to allow the inadequate bed spaces affect the fight against coronavirus.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the NCDC confirmed 284 new cases of COVID-19 in 12 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The federal health agency made the announcement late Wednesday night, May 20, via its verified official Twitter handle. With the new cases, Nigeria now has a total of 6,677 cases, excluding Kogi and Cross River states that are yet to record a single case.
Eight new deaths were recorded, bringing the total number of fatalities to 200, while the number of discharged patients increased from 1,734 to 1,840.
Lagos recorded its highest daily toll ever on Wednesday, with 70 per cent of the total cases. It has confirmed 199 cases of COVID-19, followed by Rivers with 26 cases and Oyo with 19 cases.
In other news, the Nigerian government had dismissed the claim by the US president, Donald Trump, on the use of hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug, to prevent COVID-19.
Both the health minister, Osagie Ehanire and the director-general of the NCDC, on Tuesday, May 19, warned Nigerians not to listen to the US president’s claims on hydroxychloroquine
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