COVID-19 Transmission Is Increasing In Lagos, Says Health Commissioner
The Lagos State government has raised the alarm bell, Saying that the transmission rare of the Coronavirus is increasing in the state.
The Lagos state commissioner of health, Akin Abayomi disclosed this at a press conference on Monday.
Akin Abayomi said the following week, 45 percent of the patients had no travel history – an indication that local transmission was on the rise.
“At the end of week 4, 82% of the patients imported the disease from abroad while 18% had no travel history,” he said.
“By the end of week 5, 45% of the patients have no travel history. This shows that the importation is decreasing and local transmission is increasing.”
“There have been 120 confirmed cases of COVID 19 in Lagos. 87 of the cases are still active, 29 have been discharged, 2 have been evacuated and we have had 2 fatalities,” Abayomi said.
“The death that occurred at LUTH, all concerned have been put under isolation and will be observed for 14 days.”
The commissioner went further saying that 93 percent of the cases are Nigerians while seven percent are foreign nationals.
“Most of the cases are between 30 – 60 years of age. Gender ratio: 67% male, 33% female. The LGA with the highest number of cases is Eti Osa LGA,” the commissioner said.
“We will also deploy more surveillance and advocacy towards Alimosho LGA. We are focusing on Alimosho because of the sudden rise from 1 case to 4 cases.
“Our isolation Centre Capacity; IDH, Yaba = 124 beds, now at 60% capacity. Cardiac and Renal Centre, Gbagada =180 beds, Onikan = 100 beds, LUTH = 60 beds.”
He noted that the government would use the Onikan isolation centre to handle mild and moderate cases, while the Infectious Diseases Hospital in Yaba, will be reserved for “complicated cases.”