#12,547 Patients In Isolation Centres, COVID-19 Cases Increase By 847.44%

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No fewer than 12, 547  COVID-19 patients are on admission at isolation and treatment centres across the country.

The data obtained from the Nigeria Centres for Disease Control on Wednesday also showed that as of Tuesday, the country had recorded 847.44 per cent increase in COVID-19 cases within one month.

This came to the fore as state governments started reopening isolation centres in view of the rising cases.

The NCDC figures also showed that the country witnessed a downward trend in hospitalisation with only 4,097 active cases on admission as of November 21, 2021.

However, the trends increased to a total of 12,547 patients on December 21, 2021, indicating 206.25  per cent rise in one month.

Also, no fewer than 13,160 cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the country between December 1 and 21.

This is in contrast to 1,389 cases recorded between November 10 and December 10, making it a 847.44 per cent increase within 21 days.

On Wednesday, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi,  said only five per cent of the state COVID-19 isolation facilities were  in use.

The commissioner, on his verified Instagram handle, @profakinabayomi, said the total bed capacity of the state’s isolation facilities stood at 572.

He said there was 11 per cent occupancy at the 160-bed facility at the Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba, as well as 40 per cent occupancy at the 20-bed armour isolation facility.

Abayomi also said the occupancy at the 25-bed isolation facility at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja stood at 24 per cent while the occupancy at the 110-bed isolation facility at the General, Gbagada stood at one per cent as of December 21.

The commissioner added that the 160-bed IDH II was temporarily unavailable.

The isolation facilities at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, Federal Medical Centre, Ebute Meta, Paleon, ICU/HFU Indo, and Grover with a combined capacity of 145 beds did not have any patients according to Abayomi.

Celebrate responsibly, NCDC warns Nigerians

Also, the data obtained from the NCDC  indicated that no fewer than 12,547 cases were on admission in isolation centres across the country.

Analysis of reports from the NCDC revealed that the country had attained a total of 227,378 positive cases with 2,989 persons who unfortunately lost their lives.

The centre also noted that 211,761 had been discharged so far, leaving a total of 12,547on hospitalisation.

Meanwhile, the NCDC on Wednesday on its Facebook page advised Nigerians concerning Yuletide celebrations.

The NCDC said, “There is an increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases, celebrate responsibly, we encourage all Nigerians to take collective responsibility”.

On her part, the Edo State Commissioner for Health, Professor Obehi Akoria, told one of our correspondents that the state had recorded 700 per cent increase in infection rates.

According to her,  critical cases are being admitted at Stella Obasanjo Hospital, General  Hospital Irrua and the University of Benin.

The commissioner stated that over 200 people were being monitored in their homes.

The Enugu State Commissioner for Health, Dr Ikechukwu Obi, said the state had got its isolation centres ready for admission of patients.

Obi noted that the Enugu State University Teaching Hospital Isolation and Treatment Centre had never had been opened.

He added that more isolation and treatment centres built by the state government in all the senatorial zones were on standby.

FG destroys one million doses of expired vaccine

In a related development,  the Federal Government through the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control alongside the Abuja Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday destroyed a total of 1,066,214 expired doses of Astrazeneca vaccine.

The destruction of the vaccine doses followed the expository media reports that over a million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine had expired in the country.

Speaking at the destruction site in Gosa Abuja, the Executive Director of the NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib said the vaccines came with a short lifespan.

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