Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has commissioned a new isolation centre to treat coronavirus patients in the state.
The governor commissioned the 118-bed Isolation and Treatment Centre at Gbagada General Hospital on Friday, May 1, 2020.
He said the rundown facility was renovated over the past two months to accommodate patients who have been infected by the coronavirus disease.
“This facility, I must say, is first class. It has all the trappings of clinical care,” the governor said.
Lagos is the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak in Nigeria with 1006 cases recorded, 50.5% of Nigeria’s total of 2,170 cases, as of May 1.
The state currently has over 756 active cases with 225 already discharged from medical care, but 28 people have also died of coronavirus-related complications, one third of the country’s total of 68.
While speaking during the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Thursday, April 30, the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, expressed concerns that Nigeria, and Lagos especially, might soon run out of isolation beds.
He said, “So, we’re going to work with them (Lagos) to keep trying to make more spaces available.
“Ultimately, we might have to change our strategy a little bit and start considering home care in certain circumstances where a patient can be managed sufficiently.
“We’re struggling at the moment. We might have to adapt our strategy because of the realities we face over the next few days.”