NCDC confirms 182 new infections as FG put hotels, schools on standby for use as isolation centres for COVID-19 patients

Chidi Samuel| Nigeria on Thursday confirmed 182 new coronavirus cases across the country even as the federal has put schools and hotels on standby to serve as isolation and quarantines in the event that hospitals are unable to cope with the rising number of infections.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control in a Tweet via its verified twitter handle on Thursday night said the 111 of the new infections were recorded in Lagos, FCT 16, Akwa Ibom 10, Oyo 8, Kaduna 6, Delta 6, Rivers 5, Ogun 4 and Kano 3.

Other states that recorded new infections include, Plateau 2, Gombe 2, Kwara 2, while Kebbi, Kwara, Bauchi and Bornu recorded 1 case each.

According to the health agency, Nigeria so far, has 8915 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 259 deaths and 2592 discharges.

The tweet read, ”182 new cases of #COVID19;

Lagos-111
FCT-16
Akwa Ibom-10
Oyo-8
Kaduna-6
Delta-6
Rivers-5
Ogun-4
Ebonyi-4
Kano-3
Plateau-2
Gombe-2
Kebbi-1
Kwara-2
Bauchi-1
Borno-1

8915 cases of #COVID19Nigeria”.
Discharged: 2592
Deaths: 259

FG put hotels, schools on standby for use as isolation centres for COVID-19 patients

The federal government on Thursday alerted that schools, and hotels will be used as treatment centres for coronavirus patients in the event of overflow in hospitals.

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Nigeria’s minister of health, Osagie Ehanire who made the disclosure at the briefing of the presidential task force on COVID-19 in Abuja, has, therefore asked such institutions to prepare for such situations.

The minister said, “We are, not surprisingly, worried about the increasing number of COVID-19 confirmed cases; first because every life matters, but also because of the capacity of our health system to cope.”

“Nigeria presently has over 112 treatment and isolation centres in the 35 states and FCT with over 5,000 beds, but not all states have made it up to at least 300 beds prescribed for isolation and treatment.

“I had the privilege of commissioning one such centre yesterday, a re-purposed hospital in Benin City, Edo State, with 300 beds, including ICU and an Edo State owned PCR testing laboratory. We need to continue increasing bed capacity to match the probable number of patients, so that we do not experience horrific scenes of bed space shortages seen in some European hospitals.

“In event of overflow, we can require hotels and school dormitories to be prepared for level 1 (Quarantine) and level 2 Isolation (of COVID-19 positive with zero or mild symptoms), to free hospital beds to be dedicated to level 3, (moderate to severe cases) and level 4, (high dependency and intensive care unit).

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“I therefore call on activists and philanthropists to work with state governments in concerted steps to scale up non-pharmaceutical measures and beef up infrastructural assets for isolation and treatment in their states.

“Though we are in the community transmission phase of response, easing social restrictions is desirable, but only if we can meet up with expectations that will not allow a spike in infection rates. This is what has led certain countries to reintroduce lockdowns. We are reviewing health sector specific advisories on re-opening the economy.”

Nigeria currently has 8,915 confirmed COVID-19 cases and Lagos, the epicentre of the outbreak is currently under pressure for bed spaces for coronavirus patients.

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