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Lagos secures private buildings, hotels as Isolation center

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The Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has disclosed that some private buildings and hotels in the state have been converted into isolation centres to ensure that all patients tested positive to COVID-19 are adequately catered for.

However, he did not disclose the location of converted buildings and hotel in order to prevent stigmatization.

Conversations have been going around that Lagos is out of bed spaces, but the very next day another isolation centre was opened. Also, another isolation centre will be opened for the health workers, Sanwo-Olu said.

Sanwo-Olu further disclosed that there are other isolation centres unknown to the media because they are private properties and private hotels. The government does not want a situation where post-COVID, such places become stigmatised. People are been treated there and getting well.

It will be recalled that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, had announced that it was “struggling” for bed spaces for the treatment of COVID-19 patients in Lagos state which has 1,107 COVID-19 cases, the highest number in Nigeria.

The Director-General of NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu, said the agency is considering the management of COVID-19 patients in their homes under strict guidelines while the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, had asked Nigerians to donate their buildings as isolation centres.

Reported by: Fatimah Oyesanmi

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