As confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lagos continue to rise, with the attendant toll on available bed spaces, the state government has expressed its decision to introduce community management of the pandemic. However, visits to major primary health centres in the heart of Lagos show that they may not be prepared to handle such cases. LARA ADEJORO reports
As Lagos grapples with shortage of bed spaces for treating confirmed cases of COVID-19, the state government has turned its attention to community management of the pandemic.
The state is planning to incorporate primary health facilities and primary health management of all mild and moderate cases of the infection.
There are over 3,357 confirmed cases of the viral infection in all the state’s local government areas except in three: Epe, Ojo and Ajeromi/Ifelodun.
While the state has discharged 662 patients, it currently has 2,514 active cases as of Sunday morning.
PUNCH HealthWise findings show that the Primary Healthcare Centres in the state lack adequate manpower, and are ill-equipped to handle mild-to-moderate COVID-19 cases, as the latest figures by the Lagos Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, show that patients with mild cases in the state are 46 percent, while moderate cases total 49 percent.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had said the government was increasing the capacity and capabilities of primary healthcare facilities to offer community-based care for mild/asymptomatic cases, tto enable the authorities free up isolation centres for patients presenting with more severe to critical cases.
So far, Lagos is the epicentre of the viral infection, leading with 3,109 out of the 7,261 national cases as of May 23, with several probable cases and 46 deaths.
So far, the state boasts of eight isolation centres with 547-bed spaces.
Abayomi listed the various isolation centres currently in the state and their bed capacities as follows: Gbagada General Hospital – 118; Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi- Araba – 60; Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba – 115; and Onikan Stadium Centre – 100.
Others are: Landmark Centre – 70; Lekki Centre – 45; Agidingbi Centre – 34 [solely for infected health care workers]; and First Cardiology – 5 (critical care).
The state government also said some private buildings and hotels had been converted to isolation centres.
Meanwhile, experts have warned that implementing the home treatment will lead to further spread of the viral infection.
Here are the PHCs, as they stand:
Simpson Primary Health Centre
Simpson PHC. Photo: Lara Adejoro
This is one of the primary healthcare centres located at the Mainland LGA. The LGA has the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state.
Although, it still carries out some of the primary services like immunisation, antenatal, maternal and child healthcare, the centre is not yet equipped to handle mild or asymptomatic COVID-19 cases.
When our Correspondent asked to speak with the person in charge of the centre to make inquiries on the preparedness of the centre, one of the staff who did not disclose his name said the health centre was aware of the development.
“We are aware of the development, but we are only carrying out our primary responsibilities for now. We have not been trained for that and I am not authorised to speak with you,” he said.
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