COVID-19: FG Reluctant As Lagos Embraces Home Treatment

 COVID-19: FG Reluctant As Lagos Embraces Home Treatment

Lagos State Government is set to release the parameters for home treatment of coronavirus cases next week, just as the Federal Government expresses reluctance to adopt home treatment.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, while fielding questions from journalists on Thursday during a press briefing at the Lagos House, Alausa stated that the development became necessary as the state isolation centres were filled to 60 per cent capacity.

He also added that many residents who tested positive for COVID-19 refused to go to the state isolation centres, hence, the consideration of home treatment.

However, on the part of the Federal Government the Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, said the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 was reluctant to adopt home treatment due to the standard of living of most Nigerians.

The NCDC DG who spoke during a press conference of the PTF in Abuja explained that home treatment would be an impossible option for many people who live in very tight accommodation.

Ihekweazu said, “We have struggled with these decisions in Nigeria because we are struggling with the realities of where we live and the contexts that we live in. We want to prevent transmission, therefore we want to institutionalise the treatment of everyone.’’

“We recognise that the circumstances that many Nigerians live in make home isolation difficult and, sometimes, an impossible option for many people who live in very tight accommodation in family groups and communities.”

CHRISTIANA DAN

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