- There may be a major health crisis in Nigeria's commercial capital, Lagos
- Government hospitals treating COVID-19 patients are running out of oxygen
- The situation has triggered calls for authorities in Nigeria to quickly initiate plans for mass vaccination
A report by Bloomberg indicates that the number of coronavirus patients requiring oxygen to survive has surged fivefold at one of the main hospitals in Lagos.
This is as a second wave of the pandemic hits the nation’s largest commercial city amid rising cases across the country.
According to the report, demand for oxygen increased to 350 six-litre cylinders per day from 70 cylinders at the Yaba Mainland Hospital.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu revealed this on Tuesday, January 19 in a statement, saying:
“This is projected to more than double to 750 six-cylinders before the end of January 2021.”
Lagos had 41,374 confirmed cases of coronavirus as of Sunday, January 17. A total of 227 infected people have been admitted to isolation centres, while another 9,213 persons are receiving care at home.
Experts say the second wave has been really bad for Lagos, as pressure mounts on authorities to quickly initiate a plan for a nationwide vaccination.
To reduce the rise in infections, the Lagos state government has extended its work from home order for civil servants on Grade Level 14 and below.
The information was announced via Twitter on Saturday, January 16 by the spokesman to the Lagos state governor, Gboyega Akosile.
Akosile cited a circular by the Lagos state Head of Service, Muri Okunola as the source of the information.
Another big city in the south-south region of the country is already taking precautions as the Rivers government has directed civil servants on Grade Levels 1 to 13 not to come to work from Wednesday, January 20 following the spike in the second wave of COVID-19 infections in the state.
The government stated that only those providing essential service should report to work.
Port Harcourt, Nigeria's largest oil-producing city is the capital of River state.
Meanwhile, the federal government has urged Nigerians to do everything possible to avoid a second lockdown in the country as health workers push for restrictions.
The chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, said complying with the protocols released by the government is sacrosanct for citizens, else the government will be left with no choice but to impose another lockdown.
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