PRIVATE HOSPITALS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO TREAT COVID-19 PATIENTS IN LAGOS STATE.

Private hospitals are not allowed to treat COVID-19 patients in Lagos State and that is a rule.

Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi said this at Alausa, Ikeja, while reacting to a COVID-19 patient who died at a private hospital in Lagos.


Prof. Akin Abayomi


He said, “The death that occurred in the private hospital is not something that is unusual; private hospitals are still managing lots of patients with pneumonia, and COVID-19 is just one cause of pneumonia. There are several other possible causes of pneumonia.

“So, when a patient is admitted into a private hospital with respiratory tract infections, most of the times it is not COVID-19; we have to test and in the process of testing, if it is COVID-19, we will then try and move the patient to the recognized and accredited isolation facility.

“We are not encouraging the private sector to manage COVID-19 at this point for a number of reasons. It is still an issue of the state and national security that cases of COVID-19 are managed in recognized facilities.


“However, patients with pneumonia can be treated in a private hospital, but as soon as we know they are positive for CONVID-19, we will endeavour to move them as fast as possible to an isolation facility. That is not always so easy, especially if the case is developing complications and they required ventilation.”

- Eniola Olatunji.

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