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‘Lagos supplying 400 oxygen cylinders daily for treatment of severe COVID-19 patients’

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Angela Onwuzoo

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, says oxygen demand for the treatment of severe COVID-19 cases has increased tremendously in recent times, noting that the state is now supplying 400 oxygen cylinders daily to treat patients.

Sanwo-Olu disclosed this on Monday at the Lagos House, Ikeja, during a news conference on the state’s management of COVID-19.

He said oxygen demand increased from 75 cylinders daily at the beginning of the third wave to 400 daily currently.

The governor said the state had recorded 135 fatalities in the current third wave, noting that the new strain of the viral infection was spreading across the country.

Sanwo-Olu disclosed that the state has received a little above 300,000 doses of Moderna vaccine to boost the state’s drive towards achieving herd immunity.

The test positivity rate, the governor noted, has also increased to 12.1 per cent in the past weeks, compared to seven per cent recorded at the end of July 2021.

This, he said, was a result of non-adherence to the laid-down health protocols designed to stop the spread of the pandemic.

Sanwo-Olu said the situation called for more responsibility, urging the residents to adhere to the preventive protocols put in place by the government.

He said, “In terms of treatment of severe cases, we have seen a gradual increase in the uptake of oxygen during the current wave. Utilization has increased from 75 cylinders per day at the beginning of this third wave, to over 400 cylinders per day, currently. 

“With our modelling suggesting that we may be requiring even more oxygen supply over the next few weeks, we are exploring several ways of increasing our oxygen capacity.

“One of the major pillars of our mitigation strategy for the third wave is vaccination”

The governor further said, “We are now clearly in the middle of the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and Lagos has remained the epicenter of the disease in Nigeria. 

“Test positivity rate currently stands at 12.1 per cent, compared to 1.1 per cent at the end of June, and seven per cent at end of July. As of August 21, 4,387 positive cases are currently being managed actively in-community.

“Over the course of managing the COVID-19 pandemic, about 5,551 patients have been admitted into our various COVID-19 care centres in Lagos, with 506 registered fatalities. Of these deaths, 135 have sadly, happened in this current third wave. 

“I commiserate with all residents who have lost loved ones to the pandemic. We share in your pain and grief. As a society and as a government, it is for us to redouble our efforts to defeat this devastating pandemic.”

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