The Lagos state government has classified as illegal the management of COVID-19 patients by private facilities in the state without permission from the state.
Speaking at a press briefing on COVID-19 held on Friday at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, Ikeja, the Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi disclosed that the practice is now illegal.
Abayomi stressed that every COVID-19 patient in the state must be known to the government person for adequate data capturing.
“Every person with COVID-19 in Lagos state must be known to the government. If you are managing COVID-19 without government permission and we are not capturing you in our database, you are performing an illegal act according to the laws of Lagos State, ” he said.
He continued, “So if you want to manage COVID-19 in Lagos state, we are not saying you cannot. All you need to do is to submit an application and we will visit your hospital to ensure that you have the required equipment and specialised personnel to manage COVID-19. If you can demonstrate that you can do all these then we will give you the approval to manage the disease”.
Also, information about every patient managed by the hospitals must be made available to us so that we can record it in our database.
COVID-19 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.”
Speaking on the COVID-19 testing capacity of the state, the commissioner said Lagos has been ramping up testing dramatically noting that “If you look at our data, we have performed over 22, 000 tests in Lagos so far. We are increasing our capacity to carry out more tests every day.