- State isolation centres are being reopened, COVID-19 cases are on the rise, and vaccination rates are at 3.9 percent.
- As a result of the military and police failing to enforce vaccination, 236,000 people have become infected.
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the country, state governments have stepped up their preparations for possible admission of patients to isolation centres.
In separate interviews with our correspondents on Sunday, officials from states such as Ogun, Gombe, Benue, Lagos, Ondo, and Sokoto said they had enough bed spaces to admit COVID-19 patients.
As of Saturday, the number of officially confirmed COVID-19 infections had risen to 236, 014, while the rate of full vaccination had remained unchanged at 3.9 percent.
Despite the rising number of cases, the Nigerian Police Force, military, and other security agencies have failed to enforce the mandatory vaccination requirement for their personnel.
On Friday, the country saw 1,584 new cases, with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reporting 1,305 new cases on Saturday.
According to the CDC, 21 people died on Saturday alone as a result of COVID-19 complications, bringing the total number of people who have died to 3,014.
- In the midst of the surge in cases, the Ogun State Government said it had 260 bed spaces in the state’s four isolation centres
While fielding questions from one of our correspondents in Abeokuta, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker, said there was no need for more beds due to the rising cases of COVID-19.
“Ogun State has 260 isolation beds and four isolation centres,” she said. There’s no need for any more beds.”
The state, according to Coker, does not charge a fee for COVID-19 tests.
Private laboratories in the state, she said, were charging N39,000 for the test.
- Benue has 100 bed spaces available, with an additional 50 beds available as a backup. – Deputy Commissioner
Benue State has 100 available beds.
Professor Joseph Ngbea, the state Commissioner for Health and Human Services, told one of our correspondents that there were 50 beds “on standby” in case the dreaded disease resurfaced.
The commissioner also stated that the state had two operational isolation centres, one at the Federal Medical Centre and the other at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital, both in Makurdi, the state capital.
Other isolation centres across the state, according to the commissioner, have not been used.
“At the start of the case (COVID 19), we had 100 bed spaces,” Ngbea explained, “but when I became commissioner, we added 50 bed spaces as a back-up.”
Despite the rising number of cases of the pandemic, the Delta State Government has yet to open its isolation centres.
Only one of the state’s six isolation centres, the one at the Federal Medical Centre in Asaba, was said to be operational, but it charged over N100,000 for COVID-19 treatment.
Other sites in Oghara, Warri, Ugheli, and Eku are still under construction.
Attempts to contact the state Commissioner of Health, Dr Mordi Ononye, about the situation were unsuccessful, as calls and test messages sent to his phone were not returned as of the time this report was written.
However, Dr Habu Dahiru, the Gombe State Commissioner for Health, said the state’s five isolation centres had over 600 bed spaces.
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