Ogun government is already into treating coronavirus victims at their homes, according to the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker.
Lagos State government on Thursday mooted the idea of taking the battle against the ravaging virus to the victims’ homes as against the prevailing practice of treating them only at isolation centres.
“The people of Lagos are practising home isolation which is one of the reasons why we as the government are trying to transition to home care because it is happening anyway, so we might as well regularise it and make it an official option,” the State Health Commissioner, Prof. Akin Abayomi said.
However, the proposal by Lagos is already in force in neighbouring Ogun, according to Coker.
“Ogun State has started that already. We should, however, be careful about it. We are not saying going to the isolation centre is optional. I’m not encouraging people to stay at home, but if someone, who tests positive insists they are not coming in, we just have to go to them and treat them so they don’t spread the virus,” the Health commissioner told Punchng.com.
But Health Minister, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said half of COVI-19 casualties died at home.
Ehanire stated this in a statement the Director of Information, Media and Public Relations, in health ministry, Eunice Akro, released.
The statement read in part: “Ehanire said that findings from the analysis of the deaths show that nearly half of them died at home.
“Of those who died at home, about 50 per cent did not show any symptoms. This underscores my earlier emphasis on the need for those who test positive to report for treatment.”