- COVID-19: Another Five Patients Discharged in Lagos
Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, has discharged five coronavirus patients from the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos on Sunday, according to the governor of the state.
The state has now treated and discharged 30 patients since the index case in February. However, a 36-year old patient died in a private facility on Sunday, bringing the number of deaths in the state to two with 113 confirmed cases.
“Today, I am happy to inform you that five more patients comprising two males and three females including a 10-year-girl have consecutively tested negative twice to COVID-19 and have been discharged to reunite with their families.
“It is however sad that the state has recorded another death, bringing to two the total number of deaths from COVID-19 in Lagos State,” Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Sunday.
The governor advised against stigmatising the discharged patients and warned such an act could bring feelings of shame, depression, hopelessness and despair. “We need to do all we can to support them in whatever form to get over the memories as soon as possible.”
“We will do our best to make sure that other patients at the facility receive the best of care and attention so that they can return home to join their families and the community soonest.”
He advised: “You should regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and clean running water and where water is not readily available, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used.”
The total number of confirmed cases in Nigeria rose to 232 on Sunday, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). The virus has killed more than 50,000 people globally and infected over a million.