Nigeria turns to home management of Covid-19 cases as it runs out of bed space
Nigeria over the weekend evacated about 269 Nigerians stranded in India due to the restrictions on flights as part of measures to contain the spread of Covid-19, but the challenges still remain the returnees are to self isolate in accordance with the protocols.
The returnees landed at the nation’s Muritala Mohammed Airport, but without space for them at the isolation centres in both Lagos and Abuja where they are expected to self-isolate in accordance with the protocols.
Both Kano and Lagos, where the bulk of people with the infection are located are already out of bed space for patients and they have to resort to home management of the new cases.
In a statement by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission said; “All Evacuees now on Compulsory 14 days SELF ISOLATION according to the new Protocol By the Presidential Task Force on #Covid_19.”
Lagos State Government had last week announced that new cases of infection are to be treated at home as the state isolation centres have ran out of bed space.
Lagos, which is the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria said it has ran out of bed space for patients of the disease.
However, experts said the directive to the new returnees to self-isolate may be counterproductive as many Nigerians who came into the country in the time past from the epicentre of the disease failed to abide by such protocol of self-isolation.
“We could have another round of community spread of the disease as a result of government decision to allow those who just arrived the country to self-isolate,” a medical practitioner told our reporter.
Nigeria with shortages of medical personnel even under normal circumstances has not been able to ensure compliance with such measures as many of the returnees would just go about their normal duty as if nothing happens.
Lagos has the highest number of confirmed cases of the pandemic, followed by Abuja and Kano while the latest returnees are split between Lagos and Abuja, which may further compound the cases of the infectious disease in those locations.
The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Sani Aliyu said about 80 percent of coronavirus patients in the country are receiving treatment outside isolation centres.
As of Saturday, Nigeria has recorded 15,682 confirmed cases with 5,101 discharged while causalities rate has jumped to 407 deaths.