Lagos records 2 New COVID-19 deaths, operation stopped in 17 private hospitals

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, announced on Tuesday that two new Coronavirus related deaths have occurred in the state.

He stated via his Twitter handle that although the state had no fresh cases as at 20th of April,  there were related deaths from coronavirus.

According to him, one of the deceased was a 45- year-old Nigerian man who returned from India in January.

He Tweeted: “#COVID19Lagos Update
No new case of #COVID19 was confirmed in Lagos on 20th April, 2020.

“However, #COVID19 related deaths were recorded in Lagos. One of the deceased was a 45 years old Nigerian male who returned from India in January, 2020.”

So far, Lagos state has 379 confirmed cases, 98 has been discharged, 260 active cases and 16 deaths.

Similarly, the commissioner disclosed that 17 hospitals in the state have been exposed to Coronavirus. 

Abayomi said the state Ministry of Health through one of its agencies, Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency (HEFEMAA)is helping the hospitals decontaminate its facilties. Some of the hospitals have also been told to stop admitting patients until the process is complete.

The Commissioner said; 

“They have to go through a process of Infection prevention and control training of all their staff and if they go through the HEFAMAA certification, they will receive guidelines on how to manage COVID-19 patients in the future should the case arise where government will partner with private sector to manage COVID-19.

“This scenario may present itself if we begin to see very large numbers of cases on a day-to-day basis and the Lagos state facility may be overwhelmed.”

Abayomi further revealed that the testing capacity has increased in the state, with each of the testing facilities testing 200 at a shift and a total of 1000 test per day.

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