The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, revealed that some coronavirus patients died while on their way to the hospital.
The commissioner for Health a press briefing to give situation report on COVID19 in Lagos on Sunday said only two coronavirus patients have died in the state’s isolation centre while other patients died on their way to the hospital or in private facilities.
According to Prof. Akin Abayomi, those who died on their way to the hospital were avoiding the state’s isolation centre.
On Saturday, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control said Lagos State (NCDC) at 10.20pm recorded 306 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 93 discharges and 13 deaths.
Abayomi announced that an 83-year-old woman died of coronavirus in Lagos state on Sunday, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 14.
The two patients died in the state’s facility as a result of late presentation.
The commissioner said,
“Out of the 14 fatalities we’ve had, only two of them have happened in our Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba and these two are examples of cases that have presented to us in a very late stage where it is very little we could do to save their lives.
“Most of them have died either en route to the hospital or in private facilities where they have been trying to avoid coming to our isolation facilities.”
He added that early presentation of COVID-19 symptoms by patients would help provide the best opportunity for them to survive the infection.
“It is important members of the public are aware that the sooner we get to know about you and the sooner we can admit you.
“If you have mild to moderate symptoms under the supervision of our expert we may be able to prevent you from moving from moderate to severe and prevent you from moving from severe to critical case.
“We implore the communities not to feel the urge to stay at home when you have symptoms of COVID19 because you are more likely to survive the COVID19 infection under our supervision,” Abayomi said in a press statement issued by the Lagos Ministry of Health on Sunday.