We Are Running Out of Bed Spaces to Treat Coronavirus Patients – NCDC DG
The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, says the country is starting to struggle to keep up with demands for isolation beds to treat coronavirus patients.
He stated this while responding to questions from journalists at the Presidential Task Force briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja. Ihekweazu added that although there are about 3,500 bed spaces available across the country, this is insufficient and it leaves the infectious disease control agency to struggle.
He said he’s worried about the situation in Kano and the FCT, but most especially about Lagos which is the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak in Nigeria with 931 cases recorded, 53.9% of the country’s total of 1,728 cases.
He said, “So, we’re going to work with them (Lagos) to keep trying to make more spaces available.
“Ultimately, we might have to change our strategy a little bit and start considering home care in certain circumstances where a patient can be managed sufficiently.
“We’re struggling at the moment. We might have to adapt our strategy because of the realities we face over the next few days.”
Nigeria currently has 1,728 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across 34 states of the country including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
307 people have recovered and been discharged, but 51 people have died.