The Lagos State Government has said that, it is considering home-based isolation treatment for positive Covid-19 patients who are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms.
The Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi who made this known at a news briefing in Alausa Ikeja said this is to prevent stigmatization and also regularize the concept which many residents have been practicing.
Professor Abayomi confirmed that many of those who get positive results after submitting their samples at Collection Centres across the State have been absconding from their known addresses and expressed optimism that home-based treatment would provide a solution to this challenge.
While describing the daily increase in the number of positive cases announced in Lagos by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC as normal and within parameters, Professor Abayomi said the State is expecting to see about three hundred and fifty positive cases per day from next week.
He added that the State would be abiding by the NCDC's recommendation on the use of one negative test reading before discharging Covid-19 patients. Professor Abayomi explained that the State is currently conducting clinical trial of hydroxychloroquine and would soon begin the validation of rapid tests kits.
Our Correspondent Immanuel Odeyemi reports that Professor Abayomi encouraged those who have tested positive to stop hiding their Covid-19 status, and advised those around them to stop stigmatizing such individuals.