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Lagos Assembly To Sanwo-Olu: Accredit More Private Hospitals For COVID-19 Treatment



As the number of people infected with COVID-19  continue to increase in the state, the Lagos State House of Assembly Thursday called on the state governor, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu to direct the state Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi to accredit more private hospitals to ensure that those infected have access to treatment.

The lawmakers also sought the contribution of traditional medicine practitioners in the research for possible cure of the deadly virus.

In order to achieve this aim, the Governor was also urged to work with the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) on the fight against COVID-19.

This formed part of the resolutions of the Assembly on Motion Number 23, 2020 entitled; “Need To Allow Private Hospitals Participate In The Treatment of COVID-19 Patients,” by Hon. Hakeem Sokunle (Oshodi/Isolo 1) during plenary.

According to Sokunle, “the House notes the efforts of the Lagos State Government in fighting COVID-19 and the creation of seven isolation. COVID-19 keeps spreading based on reports that over 11,000 people have contracted disease.

“If the government involves private doctors and members of the state chapter of NMA, and trains them, it will be easy to handle,” he declared.

He averred that the state government should be empowered so that doctors in public hospitals would train doctors that work in private hospitals who would then be certified.

According to him, “After that, we should screen the hospitals and validate their equipment, certify them and accredit the hospitals.

“Such hospitals can now admit COVID-19 patients. The government has approved seven private laboratories so far on COVID-19. Once the laboratories start work, we will have a lot of patients hence the need for more hospitals.’’

In his comment, Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa said it was important that the NMA join hands with the government to reduce the spread of the disease.

Obasa stated that the doctors that are working with the government should train the doctors in private hospitals adding that, “If we leave it to only doctors in government hospitals, the disease would spread further.

“We need to urge the government to call on the chairmen of local councils to work with CDAs to ensure that people living in crowded houses use face masks as well as those entering buses’’.

In his contribution, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti Osa 2) said COVID-19 has now become a communal infection.

“People don’t want to go far and some people are avoiding stigma. The Lagos State Governor and the Commissioner are trying,  but we need more private hospitals to treat COVID-19 patients,” he said.