Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State

More COVID-19 patients need oxygen in Lagos ─Sanwo-Olu

*Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State discloses the second wave of the virus seems to be a bit more infectious than the first one, considering the number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and the fatality rate around the country, especially in Lagos

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

In order to further meet the respiratory requirements, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has disclosed that more COVID-19 patients need oxygen in the state.

The governor stated this after closed doors with President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday, January 7 at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, FCT.

It was after the meeting that Sanwo-Olu briefed State House correspondents on his administration’s commitment to addressing the second wave of COVID-19 and the increase in the number of cases of Coronavirus infection in the state fondly called the Centre of Excellence.

The government has built about 10 oxygen plants and commissioned about four, and provided other facilities in a public building to meet the respiratory requirements thus far, said the governor.

Hospitalisations of COVID-19 patients

He noted that the second wave seems to be a bit more infectious than the first one, considering the number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and the fatality rate around the country, especially in Lagos.

Sanwo-Olu aslo urged the citizens to take responsibility and to know and appreciate that COVID-19 is real.

Therefore, Lagosians need to obey all the COVID-19 protocols that have been set out for them to obey.

He stated: “We have seen, unfortunately, the fatality rate around the country, even in Lagos.

“One of the things we have realised is that a lot more people require oxygen attention, they need additional breathing aid.

“So we have started building what we call oxygen tent, oxygen facilities; we are building about 10 of such facilities.”

According to the governor, “we have commissioned about four of them and we are also building additional two oxygen plants in the state so that we can meet the respiratory requirements.

“We understand the virus more than how we did eight to 10 months ago, so we know what treatment should be. We are better positioned for that.”

In a related development, the Federal Government has commenced its oxygen intervention plan to states so as to ensure that patients with severe cases of the COVID-19 virus are well-catered for.

Recall the government had expressed worries over inadequate oxygen in states, even as isolation centres had to admit and manage increasing numbers of severe cases of the disease.

Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora, Honourable Minister of State for Health, said this Thursday during the media briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja.

The Minister, represented by Dr. Adebimpe Adebiyi, Director of Hospital Services at the Federal Ministry of Health, said: “We remain committed to ensuring that morbidity due to COVID-19 is reduced to the barest minimum and to continuously improve on the fatality rate.

“We have put in place strategies to ensure that infected patients on treatment get quality treatment in all the isolation centres across the country through periodic monitoring and supportive supervision.”

The Minister explained that the implementation of the oxygen availability intervention plan for all the states plus FCT as approved by the Federal Government has commenced.

“Facilities will be prioritised based on the severity of the gaps identified such as degree of need or the degree of unavailability oxygen determines the first or early beneficiaries of the intervention,” stated Mamora.

ConsumerConnect reports that Nigeria recorded Thursday recorded 1,565 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the country’s total to 95,934.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), which stated this on its verified Web page, disclosed 24 states of the Nigerian Federation recorded the new Coronavirus infections with Lagos State registering 807 while the FCT has 236.

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