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Many people run away after testing Positive to Corona Virus in Lagos, Prof Akin Abayomi

The Lagos State's Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi said many people that tested positive for the corona virus in the state absconded, to evade been taken to isolation centers.

Abayomi made these statements on Friday May 8, 2020, while answering the question about the difference of the Occupancy of the isolation centers and the number of active cases in the State.

He said although Lagos has recorded more cases than its bed capacity, there are still unoccupied bed spaces as a result of the runaway patients, Premium Time reports.

"There is also a situation that we experience, when we test people, sometimes they find it difficult to find them. The ambulances will go into community, people will flee their homes, and they make it difficult for us to find them, ” he said.

Abayomi also said some patients shut their doors or leave their normal everyday environment, some don't even answer their phones, just to avoid being admitted.

He added that these patients run because of their fear of coming to the isolation centers, explaining that they have nothing to be scared of.

He said, “If you have tested positive, we expect you to cooperate with us and make yourself available so that you can be admitted and accessed.

"Our isolation facilities are really comfortable, it is not like the Ebola days, we have made a lot of improvements.

“Members of the executive and senior people in government have been admitted into those facilities. If I test positive, I will go to one of those facilities."

Abayomi continued that Lagos has about 307 beds spaces out of the 569 unoccupied, adding that most patients are yet to be admitted, while most are on the run after testing positive to the Virus. 

Below are the isolation centers in Lagos and their bed capacities as of Friday, May 8, 2020.

Gbagada Hospital- 118
– Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) – 60
– Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba -115
– Onikan Stadium Centre – 100
Landmark Centre- 70
– Lekki Centre- 45
– Agidingbi Centre – 34
– First Cardiology Hospital – 5 (Critical case).

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