By G9ija

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Wednesday inaugurated a 20-bed self-contained holding bay and high care unit at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH).

The unit is meant to serve the purpose of isolating suspected COVID-19 patients and cases to avoid further exposure to other patients before their test results come out.

Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by the first lady, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, at the inauguration of the facility worth over N60 million, said the state still remains Nigeria’s epicentre of COVID-19 infections. The holding bay is important in curtailing the spread of the virus, especially with concerted efforts towards flattening the curve of the pandemic both in the state.

Before now, LASUTH had to make do with a quarantine and holding bay where patients have been attended to and some transferred to other various isolation centres for intensive care.

This prompted the state to come up with a proper isolation bay in LASUTH for confirmed cases and high care intensive care unit fortified with high-tech medical equipment and personnel that can provide specialised care services to patients.

“While our efforts at managing the pandemic has been largely successful considering the number of cases that have been successfully treated and the reduction in the number of new cases, it is important to emphasise that now is not the time for us to rest on our oars, but rather a time to remain conscious of the pandemic and to continue to intensify efforts at flattening the curve,” he said.

Also speaking at the event, Prof. Adetokunbo Fabamwo, LASUTH’s Chief Medical Director, noted that the COVID-19, which was donated by Idowu Osuolale Obasa, was built due to the concerns that all the isolation areas in the country are open wards clearly dedicated to the care of COVID-19 positive cases, with suspected cases not always admitted.

He lamented that hospitals hardly take in suspected cases of COVID-19 before being confirmed positive, which leaves the public at risk.

With the number of case, which skyrocketed at the peak of the pandemic, it became necessary to build the COVID-19 holding area and high care unit, which Fabamwo said, has provision for six intensive care units with high tech medical equipment and top personnel.

Commissioner for Health Prof Akin Abayomi stressed that war against Covid-19 has not been won, but added that the state has reduced the panic it caused and subsequently able to flatten the curve.