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Coronavirus: “Lagos not prepared”, says health worker as Italian patient attempts escape over poor facility

Mild drama reportedly ensued at the Coronavirus Lagos Isolation Centre as the 44-year-old Italian man infected with the virus attempted to run away from the Lagos Isolation Centre.

According to reports, the Patient was not pleased with the state of the Medical facility as he complained of the ill-equipped facility and poor treatment he is being given.

One of the the health worker working at the isolation center said;

“The patient wanted to run away yesterday (Thursday). The Italian man, who seems to be an engineer, was very angry that the room where he was kept was very hot.

“There is nothing there (inside the isolation ward) aside from bed and hospital locker. He almost ran away and is still threatening to do that.”

The source said the level of preparedness in Lagos State for infectious diseases such as coronavirus and Lassa fever “is zero.”

Within Nigeria had reported that the the first case of the novel Coronavirus disease was confirmed in Lagos, Nigeria on February 27. Following the detection, measures has been put in place to curb the spread by placing patient and all in contact in quarantine.

Speaking to newsmen on Friday on the condition of anonymity a high ranking health worker, decried the ‘very poor quality’ of the isolation centre, lamenting that “the authorities have not matched words with action.”

Recall that the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Obafemi Hamzat, had said on Friday that the state government had built a facility to handle the situation, adding that the patient was getting better.

He said, “It is a lab that we built that can accommodate 100 for now but it is only one bed that is occupied today. Hopefully it wouldn’t spread. We are ready and we are well equipped. He (the patient) is there and he is getting better. He is steady. The doctors say he is going to be fine.’’ But the health worker told our correspondent that the Coronavirus index case had been “very upset about” the surrounding, adding that the patient “complained of excessive heat and mosquitoes.”

 
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