Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu says the Lagos Government is making efforts to transform the state-owned isolation centre in Gbagada into a fee-paying facility that people could elect to be treated at.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Sanwo-Olu made this known on Sunday in a statement in which he updated residents on the management of COVID-19 in the state.
He said that the decision was due to the growing clamour by patients and families that are willing to pay for COVID-19 treatment, but would like to do so at a cost that is lower than what currently obtains in private facilities.
“This means that the COVID-19 treatment facility in Yaba will continue to offer free and high-quality treatment to all persons.
“Gbagada centre will offer treatment at a moderate and affordable cost to those who wish to take advantage of extra offerings like private treatment rooms and more personalised levels of care,” Sanwo-Olu said.
He said that the government established a telemedicine service, EKO Telemed, for patients who were either asymptomatic or had mild symptoms that did not require admission and could, therefore, be managed in the comfort of their homes.
He encouraged as many people as possible, whose cases fell in the asymptomatic or mild category, to take advantage of the service.
Sanwo-Olu said that, so far, about 5,000 patients had been reached through EKO Telemed and more than a thousand care packs delivered to patients in the home-based care programme.
It may be recalled that on May 1, 2020, the Lagos State Government unveiled a 118-bed COVID-19 isolation and treatment Centre at the Gbagada General Hospital, Lagos.
This was disclosed by the Lagos State Ministry of Health via its verified Twitter handle @LSMOH.
The ministry had tweeted: “COVID19Lagos Update. Breaking! @jidesanwoolu Commissions 118-bed Isolation and Treatment Centre at Gbagada General Hospital.”
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