COVID-19 second wave: Lagos raises alarm, says more patients have breathing difficulties

COVID-19 second wave: Lagos raises alarm, says more patients have breathing difficulties

- Lagos government has given fresh details on the COVID-19 cases in the state which is the epicentre

- Akin Abayomi, the state commissioner for health, said the situation is becoming scary

- According to him, the government has activated oxygen generation capacity in the state to cater to patients with breathing problems

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Professor Akin Abayomi, the Lagos state commissioner for health, has said that there is an increase in the number of coronavirus patients having breathing difficulties in the state.

Punch reports that he said the state government has activated an Oxygen Plant within the premises of the Infectious Diseases Hospital, Yaba, to provide swift support to COVID-19 patients who require oxygen therapy. gathered that the commissioner, who activated the plant, noted that the increased demand for oxygen to treat COVID-19 patients in the second wave of the pandemic necessitated the activation of oxygen generation capacity in the state.

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COVID-19 second wave: Lagos raises alarm, says more patients have breathing difficulties
The Lagos state commissioner for health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, urged the residents of the state to follow COVID-19 protocols. Credit: @ProfAkinAbayomi
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He added that the operation of the plant would significantly make oxygen available for COVID-19 patients and supply about 300 cylinders per day and six cylinders per hour for use of patients admitted at the isolation facility.

Abayomi said:

“We recognized the importance of generating oxygen because of the large number of patients who are currently on admission in our isolation centres and are largely depending on oxygen. This has resulted in an escalating and alarming demand for oxygen."

The commissioner noted that about 300 cylinders of gas are being used a day in the state isolation facility stressing that a patient with a critical case may use about six cylinders of oxygen within 24 hours.

Abayomi stated that high purity oxygen is needed in healthcare facilities and essential for patients undergoing COVID treatments.

He further disclosed:

“This is particularly useful for patients with comorbidities who require prompt oxygen for survival. Oxygen from the plant will be very helpful for effective treatment due to proximity of the plant which serves as a source."

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Meanwhile, had previously reported that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced that 12 people died on Friday, January 8, from COVID-19.

It was reported that the NCDC made this confirmation around midnight on Friday in a tweet on its official Twitter handle.

In the tweet, NCDC's stats showed that Nigeria's COVID-19 death toll rose from 1,330 on Thursday, January 7 to 1, 342 on Friday, January 8.

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