Abayomi, at the press conference said the state had yet to reach COVID-19 peak despite recording an increasing number of cases recently.

He stated,  “Seeing an increased number of patients does not mean that we are losing control. Lagos State has yet to peak.  The point we are making is that the increase in the number of cases per day is sustained but it is a gradual process. Had we not put these strategies in place, we would have been seeing a steep rise in the number of cases per day.”

The Commissioner for Information, Mr Gbenga Omotosho,  said it was unfortunate that some markets were still not observing social distancing in the state.

He added that the state would this week begin a massive campaign on social distancing to reduce the spread of the disease.

In addition, the Chairman of the state Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency, Dr Yemisi Solanke-Koya, said only one private hospital had been approved for the treatment of COVID-19 in the state.

Solanke-Koya said other private hospitals had also applied to manage COVID-19 cases in the state but they had yet to be approved.

She said, “As of today in Lagos State, we have one facility that has been approved by the Lagos State to participate in the COVID-19 response. We do have requests from other facilities to get approval. The process is through information; HEFAMAA becomes aware of the fact that a hospital may be inadvertently exposed to COVID-19 and may be seeking to manage COVID-19 patients.  We deploy our staff there so that the staff can inspect the facility according to the established protocol.”

The HEFAMAA boss, however, refused to give the figures of COVID-19 patients receiving treatment in private facilities in Lagos.

On private hospitals, the state commissioner for health said 17 private hospitals in the state had sought assistance in the management of COVID-19 cases.

He added, “The First Cardiologists Consultant Hospital is a centre that has advanced care facility and they have requested that they come under the supervision of the ministry of health as a designated facility for patients that need extreme expertise for several complications of COVID-19. They have gone through the accreditation process and they are now designated as one of our isolation facilities.”

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