Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State in South-West Nigeria says any malaria-like symptoms should henceforth be considered as COVID-19 virus infection unless and until proven not to be one.
Speaking at a Press Conference on COVID-19 Update at the Lagos House, Ikeja on Tuesday, the governor therefore advised that anyone with such symptoms should proceed to any of the State’s public health facilities or laboratories to get tested for free.
His statement followed the increase in number of recorded cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria.
“Seeking help early and quickly significantly improves the chances of survival for severe to critical cases,” Sanwo-Olu said.
The governor said it is important that Lagos State residents begin to learn to live and act responsibly, in order to augment the government’s efforts and previous success of flattening the curve.
He also said that the increase in the positivity of COVID-19 cases in the second wave has necessitated the greater amount of oxygen for the moderate to severe cases of admission in all the isolation centres.
Sanwo-Olu noted that the alarming trend of COVID-19 has necessitated the reopening of some of the previously closed isolation centres, such as the INDO Isolation Centre and Gbagada Isolation Centre to contain the rising cases and re-flatten the curve in the shortest possible time.
“Over the last few weeks, the demands for oxygen has risen from 70 six-litre cylinders per day to 350 six-litre cylinders in our Yaba Mainland Hospital. This is projected to more than double to 750 six-cylinders, before the end of January 2021.
“ln addition to providing oxygen at our isolation centres, the Lagos State Government has decentralized the availability of oxygen across the State through the provision of 10 oxygen and sampling kiosks. Oxygen therapy and other related services will be provided to patients that require them.
“Five of these 10 oxygen centers have been commissioned while the remaining five will be ready for use within the next four weeks. It is our expectation that these sampling kiosks would be easily accessible to residents that require oxygen therapy at the level of LGAs as stabilization points prior to onward transmission to our Isolation centres, if required.
“This strategy is to further increase the fighting chance of Lagos residents that have contracted the virus and require immediate oxygen therapy,” he said.