Lagos State commissioner for health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, says sometimes it is hard for the state to track patients after their samples have been tested for the COVID-19.
According to Abayomi, patients like that run off to their homes and become unaccessible on their mobile phone lines.
Prof.Abayomi speaking at a press briefing on Friday, said this was one of the major reasons the available bed spaces at the state’s isolation centres have not been filled to capacity.
He then pleaded to residents to cooperate with the health workers as part of measures to curtail the further spread of the virus.
“There is also a situation that we experience; when we test people, sometimes they find it difficult to find them. The ambulances will go into communities, people will flee their homes, and they make it difficult for us to find them,” he said.
“If you have tested positive, we expect you to cooperate with us and make yourself available so that you can be admitted and accessed.
“Our isolation facilities are really comfortable. It is not like the Ebola days; we have made a lot of improvements. Members of the executive and senior people in government have been admitted into those facilities. If I test positive, I will go to one of those facilities.”
The commissioner disclosed that about 307 beds are yet to be filled out of the available 569 spaces.