Consider Malaria Symptoms As COVID-19 Until Proven Otherwise, Sanwo-Olu Says

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State

Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has urged Lagos residents to consider malaria symptoms they experience as COVID-19 until proven otherwise through a test.

The governor, advised anyone with such symptoms to proceed to any of the state’s public health facilities or laboratories to get tested for free.

Sanwo-Olu said this on Tuesday during a Press Conference on COVID-19 Update at the Lagos House, Ikeja.

He stated that “seeking help early and quickly significantly improves the chances of survival for severe to critical cases,” adding that the second wave has necessitated the need for more oxygen plants and reopening of previously shut isolation centres.

A statement issued by Sanwo-Olu’s Chief Press Secretary , Gbenga Akosile read, “Over the last few weeks, the demands for oxygen has risen from 70 six-litre cylinders per day to 350 six-litre cylinders in our Yaba Mainland Hospital. This is projected to more than double to 750 six-cylinders, before the end of January 2021,” the statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Gboyega Akosile said.

“ln addition to providing oxygen at our isolation centres, the Lagos State Government has decentralized the availability of oxygen across the State through the provision of 10 oxygen and sampling kiosks. Oxygen therapy and other related services will be provided to patients that require them.

“Five of these 10 oxygen centers have been commissioned while the remaining five will be ready for use within the next four weeks. It is our expectation that these sampling kiosks would be easily accessible to residents that require oxygen therapy at the level of LGAs as stabilization points prior to onward transmission to our Isolation centres, if required.

“This strategy is to further increase the fighting chance of Lagos residents that have contracted the virus and require immediate oxygen therapy,” he said.

Addressing the issue of schools reopening in the state, Sanwo-Olu said, “was a difficult decision to make in light of the second wave of COVID-19, but I assure you it was the best decision for our children’s safety and long-term development, especially our most vulnerable children.”

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