The national coordinator of the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu says about 80 percent of COVID-19 patients in Nigeria are being managed outside isolation centres.
Dr. Aliyu made this disclosure in his response to a question at the PTF daily briefing on Thursday.
According to the National coordinator, there were worries on availability of bed spaces owing to the rise in the number of COVID-19 cases across the nation.
“Availability of beds vary across states. About 80% of those that are positive in the country are currently being managed outside isolation facilities,” he said.
“Some states have a lot of capacity in terms of beds. I know Kano and Lagos have run out of beds. A few other states are red. We actually have a line listing, an amber-coloured listing of states that are in the red where you have more positive cases than beds available.
“We cannot move patients around from one state to the other, so obviously, if we run out of spaces — Lagos, for instance, may have five or six times the number of cases than Kano which is the second state in terms of numbers of cases — you are going to have a lot of people contributing to that population.”
As of June 10, 2020, nearly 14,000 COVID-19 cases had been confirmed in 35 states of the country and the federal capital territory (FCT), and out of this figure, 4,351 people have recovered from the disease and 382 deaths have been recorded.