The Lagos State Government has warned that private hospitals across the state are not yet allowed to treat COVID-19 patients.

The State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, who disclosed this on Monday, said although cases of the novel coronavirus diseases were rising in the state, the rate of increase was still within the pace health workers can control even as he disclosed that no fewer than 2,293 persons are being traced in Lagos. Abayomi who gave the warning while responding to questions on the death of a COVID-19 patient weekend in a private hospital in the state explained that the death that was not unusual as lots of patients with pneumonia were currently being managed, and COVID-19 is just one cause of pneumonia

“There are several other possible causes of pneumonia.   So, when a patient is admitted into a private hospital with respiratory tract infections, most of the time, it is not COVID-19; we have to test and in the process of testing, if it is COVID-19, we will then try and move the patient to the recognised and accredited isolation facility. “We are not encouraging the private sector to manage COVID-19 at this point in time for a number of reasons. It is still an issue of the state and national security that cases of COVID-19 are managed in recognised facilities. “However, patients with pneumonia can be treated in a private hospital, but as soon as we know they are positive, we will endeavour to move them as fast as possible to an isolation facility. That is not always so easy, especially if the case is developing complications and they are requiring ventilation.”