Most COVID-19 patients prefer home treatment - Lagos commissioner

Lagos state Commissioner for health, Prof Akin Abayomi
Emeh Joy

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi has said that most of the COVID-19 patients in the state prefer to be treated at home rather than being admitted into the isolation centres in the state.

Aboyemi lamented during a briefing on Thursday that many people give false information when they come for test making it hard for them to be traced when their results return positive.

He said, "On a day-to-day basis, we make a diagnosis of COVID-19, which ranges between 100 to 200 every day. Out off those, we diagnose, only a small number are willing to be admitted.

"Generally, we don't have a problem convincing those who are very sick to be admitted to our isolation facilities. But by and large, the majority of COVID-19 patients prefer to be managed at home. So we keep in touch with them by telephone and telemedicine."

He said about 2,036 cases were confirmed in the past two weeks; however, they were not able to pick the patients from the community for treatment.

The commissioner further said that the state was spending between N100,000 and N1m daily for each of the patients receiving care at the isolation facilities.

"For mild to moderate cases in our isolation centres, it costs the government in the region of N100,000 daily. That gives you an idea of the amount the state government is spending on COVID-19 patients daily.

"If you require high and intensive care, that amount can go up to anything from N500,000 to even N1m daily, depending on the complications of the case".

The Commissioner for Information, Gbenga Omotosho has said schools and worship centres would remain closed in the state stressing that the government would continue to give priority to the safety of the residents.

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