The Lagos State Commissioner, Prof. Akin Abayomi has revealed that the majority of Coronavirus patients in the state prefer to be treated at home, rather than being taken to isolation centres for treatment.
Abayomi on Thursday noted that many Lagosians give false information when they come for tests, making it difficult for the government to trace them when their result comes out positive.
He stated, “On a day-to-day basis, we make a diagnosis of COVID-19, which ranges between 100 and 200 every day. Out of 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.”
According to the commission, 2,036 cases were confirmed in the past two weeks, but the patients had not been picked from the community for treatment.
He further stated that the state government is spending N100,000 and N1m on a daily basis for each patient receiving care at its isolation facilities.
“For mild to moderate cases in our isolation centers, it cost 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 in the state, Gbenga Omotosho, noted that schools and worship centres in the state remain closed, adding that the state government would continue to prioritise the safety of the residents.