The Lagos State government has concluded plans to regularise home isolation and treatment for positive COVID-19 patients in the state.
The state Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, stated this yesterday while briefing the media on COVID-19 update in Alausa.
He said that the plans will be effected in the next couple of days.
He said, “In the next couple of days, we will formally activate the home-based care programme for asymptomatic COVID-19 cases.
“We will manage the asymptomatic cases through the Eko TeleMed,” he said.
The commissioner had once said in June that the state is hoping to make home isolation and care “an official option for some patients”, especially those with mild symptoms of the infection.
He explained the option was due to an increase in the number of people avoiding isolation centres and practising self-treatment at various places.
“There are people who are already practising self/home-isolation on their own, because we can’t find them, the numbers they give us, maybe they are false or they don’t answer their phones. When you go out to pick them at their residences, they have absconded their residences. So, they are isolating themselves in different place”, he said.
Meanwhile, Abayomi has disclosed that Lagos spends up to N100,000 daily on the treatment of each COVID-19 patient with mild-to-moderate case.
He added that severe case usually cost about one million naira to maintain on a daily basis.