The Lagos State Government has recently accredited three private hospitals for the treatment of Coronavirus cases.
This was announced in a statement by the State Ministry of Health on Saturday,6 June 2020.
Prof.Akin Abayomi, the state commissioner for health said the accredited hospitals have passed the biosecurity compliance test.
Biosecurity test is a set of measures aimed at preventing the introduction of harmful organisms to reduce the risk of transmission of infectious diseases.
The commissioner said the management of Coronavirus cases will still be under the supervision of the state ministry of health.
“They have passed the biosecurity compliance test. They have made modifications to their hospitals so that their staff and other patients are not put in danger or exposed to a higher risk of contracting Coronavirus,” he said.
“Those private hospitals have passed the test and we are just in the process of issuing them with accreditation certificate so that they can start managing Coronavirus patients in the private sector.
“However, even if they are managing Coronavirus in the private sector, it still comes under the supervision of the Lagos State Government Ministry of Health.
“Also, information about every patient managed by the hospitals must be made available to us so that we can record it in our database.
Coronavirus remains a public crisis and all public crises are managed and supervised by the Lagos state government and by extension the federal government of Nigeria.”
Abayomi had earlier said the state will soon run out of bed spaces if it keeps recording high number of Coronavirus cases.
He had said efforts were in place to devise other means to handle Coronavirus patients.
The state has the highest number of infections in the country. As of June, 5,663 cases have been confirmed in Lagos.
He, however, did not disclose the names of the hospitals.