No Sufficient Bed For COVID-19 Patients In Nigeria

NCDC director said that the challenge may result to treating some patients at home.


ABUJA — The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) complains of insufficient beds in isolation centers to accommodate COVID-19 patients.

While responding to questions from reporters at the presidential task force briefing, NCDC director – Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu said Thursday that the challenge may result to treating some patients at home. And this can cause the virus to spread further.

“We are struggling in certain places especially in Lagos. To an extent Kano and Abuja too but the biggest challenge right now is in Lagos where bad spaces are really tight.

“Across the country we have about 3500 bed spaces identified as available for COVID-19 but in Lagos we are really struggling.”

“We might have to change our strategy a little bit and start considering home care in certain circumstances where the person is able to provide a room where a patient can be managed sufficiently,” he said.

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