The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi says bed occupancy in the state’s public and private COVID-19 care centres has reduced from 60 per cent to eight per cent.
Abayomi made this known through his verified Twitter account @ProfAkinAbayomi on Thursday, March 18, while giving the state’s COVID-19 update for March 15.
The commissioner said that from the beginning of February, there had been a decline in bed occupancy rate at both private and public COVID-19 Lagos care centres.
According to him, five out of the 11 private and public care centres in the state were currently empty.
He said that 520 free bed spaces were available from the total 554 bed capacity in the 11 care centres.
Abayomi added that the state recorded 47 new COVID-19 infections on March 15, increasing its confirmed infections to 57, 073.
The commissioner said the total COVID-19 tests conducted in the state since inception of the pandemic stood at 379, 723.
According to him, 3, 869 patients have been successfully treated, recovered and discharged from the care centres.
He said 49, 966 recoveries were recorded in communities, while cases currently under isolation were 20; and active cases under home based care now stood at 2, 866.
Abayomi said that 33 per cent of infected patients had co-morbidities, 43 per cent mild symptoms, 39 per cent, moderate symptoms; while 17 per cent were severe and one per cent critical symptoms.
He put the average length of stay of patients on treatment at 12 days.
Meanwhile, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called on the Federal Government and Inspector General of Police (IGP) to intervene in the ongoing violence over Hijab policy in Kwara.
The appeal is contained in a statement issued on Thursday, March 18, by the General Secretary, CAN, Mr Joseph Daramola, in Abuja.
”We learnt that the State Government has ordered the reopening of the closed schools without resolving the crisis.
”Consequently, churches and mission schools are being vandalised with impunity; by the hoodlums banking on the state government’s support in the pretext of enforcing the policy.
”Some innocent Christians are being violently abused as well as attacked; under the watch of the Governor who is playing ostrich,” he said.
”Because it was his pronouncement on the issue of hijab wearing in violation of the court directive on the matter; to maintain status quo until the matter is finally resolved by the court that led to this trouble,” it said.