Bed occupancy level in Lagos COVID-19 care centres increases to 51%

The Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, says the bed occupancy level in the state’s public and COVID-19 care centres has increased to 51 per cent.

Abayomi made this known through his verified Twitter account @ProfAkinAbayomi, on Friday while giving the state’s COVID-19 update for Jan. 6.

He said that the eight care centres are; Infectious Disease Hospital 1 and 2, Yaba, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Armour, Paelon, Vedic, University Teaching Hospital, and Federal Medical Centre, Ebute Metta.

Abayomi said the care centres had 448 bed capacity, with 219 bed spaces currently unoccupied.














The commissioner added that level oxygen usage for COVID-19 patients had increased at the IDH, Yaba.

Abayomi said the initial projection for oxygen usage in IDH was 70 cylinders per day, but over 71 per cent increase had just been there.

“Given the increases in cases, oxygen usage is to increase,” he said.

Abayomi said the state 807 new COVID-19 infections on the reported date (Jan. 6), its highest daily infection figure, exceeding the previous figure 712 on Jan. 4.













The commissioner said that the newly confirmed cases had increased the state’s total COVID-19 infections to 34,169.

He said that the total number COVID-19 tests conducted in the state since inception the pandemic stood at 234,508.

According to Abayomi, 3,032 COVID-19 patients who had been successfully treated and recovered were discharged from the state’s care centres.

“Total number of #COVID19 recovery in communities – 24, 518.

“Cases currently under isolation – 170, active cases under home based care are 6,203,” he announced.













Abayomi said that the state two new COVID-19 related fatalities, the total deaths to 246.

Giving an update on disease severity, he said that 48 per cent the patients had mild symptoms, 35 per cent had moderate symptoms, while 16 per cent were severe and one per cent had critical symptoms.

Abayomi said, 54 per cent the patients exhibited symptoms on admission, 46 per cent had no symptoms, while 30 per cent infected patients had co-morbidities.

He listed the exhibited symptoms to include cough, fever, shortness breath, general weakness, chest pain, anosmia, catarrh, loss taste and appetite, nausea, chills, and dizziness.













Abayomi noted that studies had shown that COVID-19 spreads through droplets released when talking, coughing, sneezing or singing.

“Wearing masks reduces the spray these droplets. #TakeResponsibility to #MaskUp in public.

“No one is sure who is infected!” he said. (NAN)