- FG said the country has recorded a total of 8,733 COVID-19 cases
- Osagie Ehanire, the minister of health, noted that there have been complaints of inadequate bed spaces, especially for the patients in Lagos
- Ehanire, however, advised schools and hotels to get ready for the isolation of COVID-19 patients
Following increased cases of coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria, the federal government has said that in the event of the overflow of hospitals, hotels and schools would be used for isolating COVID-19 patients.
TheCable reports that while speaking at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 on Thursday, May 28, the minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, asked schools and hotels to be prepared.
Legit.ng gathered that Nigeria has confirmed a total of 8,733 COVID-19 patients, adding that there have been complaints of inadequate bed spaces, especially in Lagos which has 4,012 patients, the highest in Nigeria.
Ehanire expressed optimism that the situation in Nigeria would not “experience horrific scenes of bed space shortages seen in some European hospitals.
“We are, not surprisingly, worried about the increasing number of COVID-19 confirmed cases; first because every life matters, but also because of the capacity of our health system to cope.
“Nigeria presently has over 112 treatment and isolation centres in the 35 states and FCT with over 5,000 beds, but not all states have made it up to at least 300 beds prescribed for isolation and treatment.
“I had the privilege of commissioning one such center yesterday, a re-purposed hospital in Benin city, Edo state, with 300 beds, including ICU and an Edo state-owned PCR testing laboratory. We need to continue increasing bed capacity to match the probable number of patients so that we do not experience horrific scenes of bed space shortages seen in some European hospitals.
“In event of overflow, we can require hotels and school dormitories to be prepared for level 1 (quarantine) and level 2 Isolation (of COVID-19 positive with zero or mild symptoms), to free hospital beds to be dedicated to level 3, (moderate to severe cases) and level 4, (high dependency and Intensive care unit). I, therefore, call on activists and philanthropists to work with State governments in concerted steps to scale up non-pharmaceutical measures and beef up infrastructural assets for isolation and treatment in their states," he said.
He said though the country is in the community transmission phase of the response, easing social restrictions is desirable, adding, "but only if we can meet up with expectations that will not allow a spike in infection rates. This is what has led certain countries to reintroduce lockdowns. We are reviewing health sector-specific advisories on re-opening the economy."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Governor Yahaya Bello-led government insisted that the north-central state is still free of coronavirus scourge despite fresh discovery.
It was reported that the state's utter denial coincided with the report by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announcing two cases in the state.
Saka Haruna Audu, Kogi health commissioner, in a statement on Wednesday, May 27, said the state has conducted hundreds of COVID-19 tests out of which none came out positive.