Pregnant COVID-19 Patient In Lagos Gives Birth, 67 More Cases Recover

 

A pregnant COVID-19 patient has just successfully been delivered of a baby boy at the Gbagada isolation centre.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Gboyega Akosile, confirmed this in a statement on Saturday.

According to him, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said the feat is another validation of the government’s position that it would stamp out the Coronavirus from the state.

“I bring you great news from our isolation facilities. Today, a pregnant COVID-19 positive patient was delivered of a baby boy through the caesarian session at the Gbagada Isolation Centre. Both Mother and baby are doing well,” the governor was quoted to have said.

“Today’s achievement is a pointer that our strategies in Lagos state are working and yielding the desired results. It is also a sign of victory and motivation for us as we push ahead in the battle against the Coronavirus pandemic.”

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Meanwhile, Sanwo-Olu also announced the discharge of 67 more patients from four isolation centres after testing negative two consecutive times for the coronavirus.

“67 fully recovered COVID19Lagos patients; 22 females and 45 males including 3 foreign nationals – 2 Indians and a Chinese were discharged to join the society,” he said.

“The patients; 24 from the Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba, 22 from Onikan, 11 from Agidingbi, 2 from Lekki and 8 from Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Isolation Centres were discharged having tested negative to COVID19 in two consecutive readings.”

Speaking further, the governor noted that with the latest development, the number of patients successfully managed and discharged from Isolation facilities in Lagos stands at 608.

He, however, enjoined Lagosians to support the government in its drive to rid the state of the COVID-19 by complying with all its directives on the various safety protocols.

He said: “as our front line health workers record successes in the battle against #COVID19, we urge citizens to adhere strictly to our public advisories and directives as this is the only way we can break the chain of transmission of the infection and hoist the flag of victory at the end of it all.

“And as we look forward to more great news in the coming days, I urge you all to take responsibility and play your part for a #COVID19FreeLagos #ForAGreaterLagos.”

Lagos Discharges 13 More Recovered COVID-19 Patients

A photo of beds at one of the isolation centres in Lagos. Photo: [email protected]

 

Thirteen more persons who had been battling with the coronavirus in Lagos State have now fully recovered.

The State Commissioner for Health, Mr Akin Abayomi, announced this on Friday evening.

According to him, the recovered patients included two females and 11 males and they have all been discharged from the isolation center.

This comes two days after a 98-year-old woman – the oldest coronavirus patient recorded in the state, recovered and was discharged.

The latest figures bring the total number of recovered cases in the state to 541 even as Lagos remains the epicenter of the virus in the country.

 

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As of today, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded 193 new cases of the COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 5,162.

Of the 193 cases, 58 were discovered in Lagos, with a total of 33 deaths so far.

As the state and the country at large, continue to battle the virus, there have been calls for the government to improve testing capacity even as the rate of community spread has been on the rise.

Last week, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu disclosed that the current laboratory testing capacity for the state is 850 persons per day.

According to him, this can, however, be expanded to about 1,500 to 2,000 daily with the availability of adequate extraction kits.

To achieve this, he said the state has paid for over 20,000 extraction kits and has placed an order for another 20,000 in its bid to test at least 120,000 in the next 60 days.

He also noted that the state has commenced a biweekly procurement of laboratory needs “to prevent running out of these materials going forward, until at least 120,000 tests are done in about 2 months”.

Speaking further, governor Sanwo-Olu urged residents to take responsibility and obey social distancing measures, failure of which he said the government will review the easing of the COVID-19 lockdown currently being implemented.

“The gradual easing of this lockdown is dependent upon the compliance of each and every one of us, which is to #TakeResponsbility,” he said.

“As a government elected to uphold the security of its citizens, which includes health security, let me make it clear that we will not hesitate to review the terms of this easing if we do not see an improvement in the next couple of days. People have to take responsibility.”

He also reiterated the public health guidelines such as the use of face masks in public and maintaining social distancing, noting that the measures are designed to keep people safe.

Returnee Who Died In Lagos Did Not Have COVID-19 – Prof Abayomi

A file photo of the Commissioner for Health in Lagos, Professor Akin Abayomi. Photo: [email protected]

 

Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, has revealed that the Nigerian returnee who recently died in an isolation facility within the metropolis, was not COVID-19 positive.

This he disclosed to debunk certain reports in the media suggesting that the patient died of coronavirus.

The commissioner revealed this on Thursday via a series of tweets on social media.

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He said, “I hereby inform the general public that the Nigerian who recently returned from Dubai as part of a group of returnees who were placed in a #COVID19 isolation program in lekki, developed complications and was transferred to one of our facilities where he died.

“Because of the sudden nature of his demise and without any prior knowledge of his multiple preexisting conditions it was presumed to be a #COVID19 related death

“This presumptive attribution is a precaution to ensure the safe clinical management of the patient and subsequent handling of the corpse.

“The definitive #COVID19 gold standard test has turned out to be negative for the #COVID19 infection and his death is no longer considered to have been attributable to #COVID19.”

98-Year-Old Woman Recovers From Coronavirus In Lagos

A bed space in an Isolation Center in Lagos State.

 

A 98-year-old woman in Lagos State who had been battling with the coronavirus has now fully recovered and has been discharged.

The state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced this on Wednesday, adding that so far, she is the oldest coronavirus patient recorded in the state.

According to the governor, the woman and 25 others (13 male and 12 female), were discharged from various isolation centers.

This brings the total number of recovered and discharged cases in the state to 528.

As of today, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported 184 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the total infections in the country to 4,971.

Of the 184 cases, 51 were discovered in Lagos which remains the epicenter of the virus in the country.

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As the state and the country at large, continue to battle the virus, there have been calls for the government to improve testing capacity even as the rate of community spread has been on the rise.

On Saturday, the governor disclosed that the current laboratory testing capacity for the state is 850 persons per day.

According to him, this can, however, be expanded to about 1,500 to 2,000 daily with the availability of adequate extraction kits.

To achieve this, he said the state has paid for over 20,000 extraction kits and has placed an order for another 20,000 in its bid to test at least 120,000 in the next 60 days.

He also noted that the state has commenced a biweekly procurement of laboratory needs “to prevent running out of these materials going forward, until at least 120,000 tests are done in about 2 months”.

Speaking further, governor Sanwo-Olu urged residents to take responsibility and obey social distancing measures, failure of which he said the government will review the easing of the COVID-19 lockdown currently being implemented.

“The gradual easing of this lockdown is dependent upon the compliance of each and every one of us, which is to #TakeResponsbility,” he said.

“As a government elected to uphold the security of its citizens, which includes health security, let me make it clear that we will not hesitate to review the terms of this easing if we do not see an improvement in the next couple of days. People have to take responsibility.”

The governor on Wednesday, reiterated the public health guidelines such as the use of face masks in public, noting that the measures are designed to keep people safe.

He also thanked the health care workers for their efforts in curbing the spread of the virus.

Lagos Discharges 33 More COVID-19 Patients, Total Recoveries Reach 502

A file photo of the Commissioner for Health in Lagos, Professor Akin Abayomi. Photo: [email protected]

 

Thirty-three more COVID-19 patients in Lagos have recovered and have now been discharged.

This brings the total number of recoveries in the state to 502, according to the Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi in a tweet on Tuesday.

 

502 recoveries represent 26 per cent of the total infections in the state which stood at 1,933 as of May 11.

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had reported 242 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing its total infections in the country to 4,641.

Of the 242 cases, 88 were discovered in Lagos which remains the epicenter of the virus in the country.

As the state and the country at large, continue to battle the virus, there have been calls for the government to improve testing capacity even as the rate of community spread has been on the rise.

On Saturday, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu disclosed that the current laboratory testing capacity for the state is 850 persons per day.

According to the governor, this can, however, be expanded to about 1,500 to 2,000 daily with the availability of adequate extraction kits.

To achieve this, the said the state has paid for over 20,000 extraction kits and has placed an order for another 20,000 in its bid to test at least 120,000 in the next 60 days.

He also noted that the state has commenced a biweekly procurement of laboratory needs “to prevent running out of these materials going forward, until at least 120,000 tests are done in about 2 months”.

Speaking further, governor Sanwo-Olu urged residents to take responsibility and obey social distancing measures, failure of which he said the government will review the easing of the COVID-19 lockdown currently being implemented.

“The gradual easing of this lockdown is dependent upon the compliance of each and every one of us, which is to #TakeResponsbility,” he said.

“As a government elected to uphold the security of its citizens, which includes health security, let me make it clear that we will not hesitate to review the terms of this easing if we do not see an improvement in the next couple of days. People have to take responsibility.”

The Governor reiterated guidelines such as the use of face masks in public, noting that the measures are designed to keep people safe.

Lagos Discharges 21 Recovered COVID-19 Patients

 

Twenty-one recovered COVID-19 patients have been discharged by the Lagos State Government on Sunday.

According to a tweet on the verified handle of the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the recovered patients who are Nigerians, include four males and 17 females.

“Dear Lagosians,” the governor tweeted, “I come bearing good news. Today, 21 #COVID19 patients; 4 females and 17 males, all Nigerians have been discharged from our isolation facilities to reunite with the society.”

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Governor Sanwo-Olu further said that with the recent development, the state has now successfully managed and discharged 469 COVID-19 patients.

He said, however, that while the discharge of the patients is a piece of cheering news, Lagosians “must continue to practice hand hygiene, wear a mask and physically distance ourselves when outdoors.

“If we continue to do the right things and obey the stipulated public health safety guidelines, together we can break the chain of transmission of #COVID19.”

Testing Capacity For Lagos Currently At 850 Daily – Sanwo-Olu

 

The Lagos State Government says the current lab testing capacity for the state is 850 persons per day.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu disclosed this on Saturday during the state’s COVID-19 briefing.

According to the governor, this testing capacity can, however, be expanded to about 1,500 to 2,000 daily with the availability of adequate extraction kits.

“Our combined lab capacity is at about 850 tests daily.

“This is easily scalable to 1,500 and 2,000 subject to the availability of extraction kits considering the acute global shortage,” he said.

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To achieve this, the governor said the state has paid for over 20,000 extraction kits and has placed an order for another 20,000 in its bid to test at least 120,000 in the next 60 days.

He also noted that the state has commenced a biweekly procurement of laboratory needs “to prevent running out of these materials going forward, until at least 120,000 tests are done in a about 2 months”.

On Friday, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, had stated that isolation and treatment centres in the country are running out of bed spaces, even as the country records a total of 3,913 cases.

Lagos has remained the epicentre of the virus in the country with a total of 1,667 cases. While the state has also recorded an encouraging number of recoveries (of over 400 persons), there are still concerns about the increasing number of community transmissions.

But the governor, during Saturday’s briefing, assured Lagosians that in addition to the increased testing capacity, “we are also actively increasing our isolation capacity”.

“You will also see a change in our Isolation strategy in the weeks ahead, as we transition towards decentralisation,” he added.

“What this means is that we will be introducing community management of cases, by accrediting and incorporating primary health care facilities and private healthcare facilities for the management of mild-to-moderate cases of COVID-19 patients”.

The governor also spoke about the collection of accurate data and beyond that, he announced that the state is developing an emergency digital response platform that will help in the collection of data, necessary for informed decisionmaking.

Take Responsibility

Speaking further, he recalled the fact that the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, had on Friday, disclosed that some data estimates had shown that by July, Lagos may record as many as 120,000 cases of the COVID-19.

“That is a projection – it does not necessarily have to be our reality”, he said.

To prevent this from becoming the reality, the governor urged Lagosians to take collective responsibility by adhering to the government’s guidelines even as the lockdown is being eased gradually.

“The only way to ensure that projections do not become reality is taking the projections as a warning, and using them to influence and modify our behaviour towards greater compliance and discipline”.

Channels Media Group Donates Food To Lagos

 

 

The Channels Media Group has donated food items to the Lagos State Government as its contribution to support efforts at cushioning the effect of the coronavirus on poor and vulnerable residents.

The food items donated include 100 bags of 50 kilograms of rice, 300 bags of 25 kilograms of rice, 250 cartons of noodles, 250 cartons of
spaghetti and 75 cartons of vegetable oil.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry Of Information, Mr Olusina Thorpe who received the gift on behalf of the state government,
commended the philanthropic gesture of the news broadcast organisation.

He also assured the management of Channels Media Group of judicious distribution of the items to the target population.

We Are Set To Increase Our Health Budget To About 18% – Sanwo-Olu

File photo of Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, addressing journalists on COVID-19 developments.

 

The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, says the state is making plans to increase its budget for health from the current 12% to about 18 to 20 per cent.

He said this on Saturday during a discussion about the state of the nation on a special edition of The Platform, as the world battles the COVID-19.

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“Part of the things that we have started doing this year is to see how we increase our budgetary allocation on the health sector,” the governor said.

“We have said to ourselves that over the next four years, we will increase that budget to as close to 18/20 per cent as possible.

“I think this year we have about 12/13 per cent. What that means is that we’re going to be spending a lot more in that sector.

“That becomes a critical sector for all of us, right down the value chain. Education is also pretty critical because that is the future,” he added.

Lagos State is currently the epicentre of the coronavirus in Nigeria, with over 1,000 cases. While a total of 225 have recovered so far, there are fears of increased community transmissions.

As part of efforts to curb further spread of the virus, President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered a lockdown in Lagos and Ogun states, as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on March 29, which became effective on Monday, March 30.

At the expiration, the president announced another two-week extension.

He, however, announced in his broadcast on April 27 that there would be a gradual easing of the lockdown in the three cities from May 4, to allow restoration of some economic and business activities in certain sectors.

Ahead of the expiration of the lockdown, the Lagos State Government on Wednesday introduced a strict framework for movement and re-opening of businesses, which includes a dusk to dawn curfew of 6:00 am and 8:00 pm.

He also banned the operation of motorcycles, popularly known as Okada.

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Meanwhile, the Federal Government also issued guidelines for the implementation of the easing of the lockdown.

It also announced that anyone found moving about without a facemask will be sent back home and prosecuted.

COVID-19: Lagos Gov Sanwo-Olu Commissions 118-Bed Isolation Centre

 

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Friday, commissioned a 118-bed COVID-19 isolation and treatment centre at the Gbagada General Hospital.

In a series of tweets on its official handle, the Lagos State Ministry of Health said the isolation and treatment centre will be manned by health workers highly skilled in infection prevention and control.

While speaking during the commissioning, Governor Sanwo-Olu lauded the handling of the project and hailed the State’s Ministry of Health for a great job.

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He said the project is a world-class isolation centre and will be useful to the state in the fight against COVID-19.

As of Friday afternoon, May 1 2020, Lagos has 976 COVID-19 infections with 756 of them active, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

Of the infected people, 199 have been discharged with 21 deaths, however, recorded.

Lagos State Discharges 12 COVID-19 Patients

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu

 

Lagos State on Thursday said it had discharged an additional 12 COVID-19 patients from its isolation centres.

The latest discharge brings the total number of recoveries from the virus in the state to 199.

The 12 recoveries include nine males and three females and one of them is Ukrainian, a Lagos state spokesman, Gboyega Akosile, tweeted.

 

Six of the patients were released from the Infectious Disease Hospital, five from the Lagos University Teaching Hospital and one from Ibjeju-Lekki, Mr. Akosile’s tweet said.

Lagos, which has recorded a national-high 931 virus cases as on Wednesday evening, is the country’s epicentre for the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control

 

COVID-19: 65 Persons Arrested In Lagos For Violating Lockdown Order

 

Sixty-five persons have been arrested in Lagos State for violating the lockdown order.

According to a statement issued on Wednesday by the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, the suspects who were between the ages of 16 and 45, were arrested for holding a birthday party and consuming some substances suspected to be hard/illicit drugs.

They were said to have been arrested at hotel in the Oko Oba area of the state, following credible intelligence obtained by the police.

“Some of the suspects were found in the swimming pool catching fun, in total neglect of the social distancing regulations and the lockdown order.

“The suspects who are within the range of 16 to 45 years, confessed to have left their various homes to the hotel in defiance to the sit at home order,” the statement read in part.

According to the police, the manager of the hotel was equally arrested and the hotel has been sealed off by the relevant agency of the state government.

“Investigation is ongoing and the suspects will be charged to court,” the statement said, adding that the Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu (psc) urged residents to continue to be law-abiding.

He also advised parents to monitor the activities of their children, especially during this lockdown period, saying together we can stop the spread of COVID-19.