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COVID-19: Lagos Government Commissions 150-Bed Isolation Centre

Following previous complaints of shortage of bed spaces for the increasing number of coronavirus patients in the state, the Lagos State Government on Sunday, commissioned a newly-equipped 150-bed isolation center at the Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba.

The facility which was donated by the coalition against COVID-19 (CACOVID) to help in combating the spread of the virus now makes the total bed capacity in Lagos state 797.

At the commissioning of the isolation center, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos state, said; “Today, we unveiled a 150-bed isolation center at the Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba which increases our capacity to tackle the spread of COVID-19. We thank the Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 for delivering this well-equipped facility.

“Lagos is rising to the task of beating back COVID-19 because of the work of our amazing health workers, private partners, @NCDCgov, the Federal Government, and residents who follow the strict guidelines we have laid down,” he said in a statement”.

The current breakdown of isolation centers in Lagos is as follows;

Gbagada – 180

Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba – 150

Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba – 115

Onikan – 100

Landmark – 81

LUTH – 60

Agidingbi – 47

Lekki – 45

Vedic – 20

First Cardiology Consultant Hospital – 15

Paelon Memorial – 11

Total: 797

Sanwo-Olu further disclosed the state’s plans of building an International Infectious Disease Research Center at the Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba after the coronavirus pandemic.

He said; “We are committing to putting in place a purpose built international infectious disease research center in this hospital post-COVID. We will ramp up our infrastructure and capacity and will definitely not wait for a pandemic to come upon us again before everything is in place”.