We’ve suspected more cases of Coronavirus — Lagos private hospitals


We’ve suspected more cases of Coronavirus — Lagos private hospitals

Angela Onwuzoo

As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Nigeria rises, with fear that the infection rate could get worse, private healthcare providers in Lagos said they have seen at least five patients with suspected symptoms of the virus in their facilities.

According to the health workers, the patients were identified at the entrance gate of their facilities during a compulsory health screening required of any patient accessing their facilities for healthcare before they are allowed to come in.

They said the compulsory health screening, which included body temperature check, was part of measures to contain COVID-19.

PUNCH HealthWisecorrespondent visited some private laboratories and hospitals in Lagos State on Monday and findings revealed that operators are not leaving anything to chance in identifying patients with symptoms of the virus.

At the Eko Hospital, Ikeja, Lagos, Acting Chief Nursing Officer, Mrs. Fidelia Anele, said the hospital had seen a suspected case of coronavirus.

Anele said, “We have put measures in place to screen every patient at the gate before he/she is allowed to enter the hospital. We check their body temperature and the instruction is that any temperature above 37.5’C, a medical professional should be alerted.

“We have a form that every patient accessing our facility must fill out. It contains their name, travel history and health issues.

“We usually ask about the symptoms that brought them to the hospital such as coughing and difficulty in breathing.”

“We score all these symptoms over 10. If you score two over 10, we will allow you to come in.

“But since we started, we have only seen one suspected case of COVID-19 at the gate. And immediately, he was directed to go to the Mainland Hospital, an infectious facility at Yaba, Lagos, which currently houses persons undergoing treatment for COVID-19.

“That was the only suspected case that we have seen so far,” she explained.

At R-Jolad Hospital, Gbagada, Director of Nursing Services of the private secondary healthcare facility, Bolanle Ipaye, said the hospital had seen three suspected coronavirus cases who came to the hospital on their own for medical examination, having traveled out of the country recently.

“They came on their own because they felt they were sick and they told us they traveled and that they were feeling sickly.

We’ve suspected more cases of Coronavirus — Lagos private hospitals

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