The Lagos State Government has shut down its 554-bed isolation centers following the decline in COVID-19 cases in the state. People now preface to self-isolate in their various houses instead of the isolation centers provided by the government.
This was also mentioned that to have compelled the state government to recall the frontline workers in the affected facilities. While some were consequently decommissioned, some others were redeployed to various infectious disease wards at the Mainland Hospital, Yaba.
Sources gathered that except for the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba which is active, the remaining COVID-19 treatment venues, including ones at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Agidingbi, Onikan, Gbagada, Indo and Landmark have been shut.
The health worker said, “In January, there were over 100 patients in the CACOVID ward alone and there were other patients in other wards; so, you can imagine the kind of stress we went through in managing the patients.
“Now, we juggle managing COVID-19 and HIV/TB patients in the last one month. We the frontline workers are also not spared in terms of fatalities. A caregiver was brought into IDH from Apapa General Hospital who did not survive it. Another one brought here in critical condition from Gbagada General Hospital also didn’t make it.
“Our job here is quite challenging. The only working equipment that the government provided for us are just gloves and face masks. Nothing else! What we are demanding is that now that COVID-19 cases have gone down, the Lagos State Government should pay us our three-month remuneration and allow us to go.”