By; MATTHEW UKACHUNWA, Lagos
COVID-19: Patients Demand for Oxygen Rises in Lagos Isolation Centres
Demand for oxygen to treat Novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients has risen in Lagos State, the state’s Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, said.
Abayomi explained that the increase in the need for oxygen is because majority of patients on admission at COVID-19 isolation centres depend on oxygen for their treatment.
He confirmed the availability of oxygen for COVID-19 care and management at Lagos isolation facilities and activated triage and oxygen centres located in strategic areas of the state.
Elaborating on patients need for oxygen, the commissioner said: “This has resulted in an escalating and alarming demand for oxygen in our facilities and this is why we deployed and activated an Oxygen Plant within the premises of the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH), Yaba to provide swift support to COVID19 patients who require oxygen therapy”, Abayomi said.
He disclosed that another oxygen plant would soon be activated at Gbagada General Hospital.
The health commissioner pointed out that the State is currently setting up ten triage and oxygen therapy centres in local government areas with high burden of COVID19 cases to provide swift emergency oxygen therapy and support to residents who require it.
“With the construction and decentralization of the Triage and Oxygen Therapy Centres, citizens requiring oxygen therapy would not have to travel a distance to Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital to access care”, he said.
The commissioner added that the operation of the oxygen plant at Yaba Isolation Centre will significantly make oxygen available for COVID19 patients and supply about 300 cylinders per day and six cylinders per hour for use of patients admitted at the isolation facility.
“The oxygen plant facility could not have come at a better time than now, when the State is recording an increase in the number of people presenting with difficulty in breathing and requiring urgent oxygen therapy”, he emphasized.