Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu
The Lagos State Authorities has urged members of the general public to ignore a listing making the spherical on social media of hospitals and well being services purportedly uncovered to COVID19 circumstances within the State.
The Government Secretary, Lagos Well being Facility and Accreditation Company (HEFAMAA) who disowned the checklist which was presupposed to have emanated from the Ministry of Well being disclosed that the Ministry of Well being by means of HEFAMAA by no means issued any assertion advising the general public to not patronize sure services within the State.
“This is the handiwork of mischief makers and fake news merchant who are bent on causing panic in the community and eroding the success recorded in the battle against COVID19”.
“I therefore urge residents to disregard the list in its entirety and rely solely on the Ministry of Health and HEFAMAA for information on the operation of health facilities and management of COVID19 cases especially at this critical time”, She stated.
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Idowu defined that some well being services would possibly inadvertently admit or deal with sufferers with #COVID19 with out realizing. She acknowledged that if this occurs the ability might be briefly closed for decontamination whereas the workers could be skilled on An infection, Prevention and Management after which the ability is protected to hold on its regular operations.
She appealed to members of the general public to desist from stigmatizing well being services which may have been uncovered to #COVID19 circumstances in addition to sufferers contaminated with COVID19 to forestall extreme well being issues.
“We want folks to desist from stigmatizing such services, they’re solely closed for decontamination and as soon as that has been carried out in addition to different mandatory protocols, the ability is protected to supply providers to the general public,’’ the Government Secretary acknowledged.
Idowu additionally noticed that stigma can drive folks to cover the sickness to keep away from discrimination, forestall folks from in search of well being care instantly and discourage them from adopting wholesome behaviours.
She urged all well being services working in Lagos to stick strictly to the precept on An infection Prevention and Management, keep excessive diploma of suspicion for #COVID19 and cling strictly to laid down protocols for COVID19 suspicion. She added that IPC will assist scale back human-to-human transmission and secondary infections amongst shut contacts and well being care staff.
Highlighting a few of the vital elements of the Protocol, Idowu defined that every healthcare facility should have a plan and a group in place to deal with COVID19 points equivalent to triaging and assigning duty for notification or communications with the Lagos State COVID19 response group by means of the 08000CORONA toll free line, 08000267662 or the Ministry of Well being and the Native Authorities Space.
She suggested services in opposition to unauthorized admission and therapy of confirmed COVID19 circumstances, warning that any services caught violating the laid-down protocol of operations particularly with regard to COVID19 case administration might be sanctioned according to the extant provision of the regulation.
She reiterated that solely services permitted by the State Authorities for COVID19 case administration are anticipated to hold out the administration of COVID19 circumstances.
Idowu urged people within the State to desist from issuing panicky statements to the general public on operation of well being services. This in response to her is able to inflicting confusion and making the struggle in opposition to the pandemic more difficult.
‘’I enjoin all well being services operators within the State to direct all enquiries and complaints on COVID19 case administration in addition to different points bordering on their operations to the Lagos State Ministry of Well being by means of HEFAMAA. We may be reached by means of the next phone numbers – 09015637023, 09057273396, 09038795500, 08172704228 or go to our web site at hefamaa.lagosstate.gov.ng”, She stated.
Director, Public Affairs
23rd April 2020