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Lagos bars private hospitals from treating COVID-19 disease

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The Lagos State Government has said private hospitals are not allowed to treat the dreaded COVID-19 disease currently spreading across the globe.

The state Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, stated this on Monday at Alausa, Ikeja, while reacting to the death of a COVID-19 patient in a private hospital in Lagos.

He said: “The death that occurred in the private hospital is not something that is unusual; private hospitals are still managing lots of patients with pneumonia, and COVID-19 is just one cause of pneumonia. There are several other possible causes of pneumonia.

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“So, when a patient is admitted into a private hospital with respiratory tract infections, most of the times it is not COVID-19; we have to test and in the process of testing, if it is COVID-19, we will then try and move the patient to the recognised and accredited isolation facility.

“We are not encouraging the private sector to manage COVID-19 at this point for a number of reasons. It is still an issue of the state and national security that cases of COVID-19 are managed in recognised facilities.

“However, patients with pneumonia can be treated in a private hospital, but as soon as we know they are positive for CONVID-19, we will endeavour to move them as fast as possible to an isolation facility. That is not always so easy, especially if the case is developing complications and they required ventilation.”

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