The Lagos State Government has advised members of the public to disregard a list of hospitals and health-care facilities reportedly subjected to COVID19 cases in the state making the round on social media.
The Executive Secretary, Lagos Health Facility and Accreditation Agency (HEFAMAA), who dismissed the list alleged to have emanated from the Ministry of Health, revealed that the Ministry of Health through HEFAMAA had never issued a statement advising the public not to patronize certain facilities in the State.
“This is the handiwork of mischief makers and false news merchants who are determined to cause chaos in the society and erode the progress reported in the COVID19 war.”
“I therefore urge residents to ignore the entire list and rely solely on the Ministry of Health and HEFAMAA for information on the operation of health facilities and the management of COVID19 cases, especially at this critical time,” she said.
Idowu defined that some fitness amenities may inadvertently admit or deal with sufferers with #COVID19 besides knowing. She referred to that if this occurs the facility will be briefly closed for decontamination whilst the workforce would be educated on Infection, Prevention and Control after which the facility is protected to elevate on its ordinary operations.
She appealed to contributors of the public to desist from stigmatizing fitness services that may have been uncovered to #COVID19 instances as properly as sufferers contaminated with COVID19 to stop extreme fitness problems.
“We want humans to desist from stigmatizing such facilities, they are solely closed for decontamination and as soon as that has been performed as properly as different essential protocols, the facility is protected to provide offerings to the public,’’ the Executive Secretary stated.
Idowu additionally found that stigma can force humans to conceal the sickness to keep away from discrimination, stop humans from looking for fitness care without delay and discourage them from adopting healthful behaviours.
She entreated all fitness amenities running in Lagos to adhere strictly to the precept on Infection Prevention and Control, preserve excessive diploma of suspicion for #COVID19 and adhere strictly to laid down protocols for COVID19 suspicion. She delivered that IPC will assist decrease human-to-human transmission and secondary infections amongst shut contacts and fitness care workers.
Highlighting some of the necessary factors of the Protocol, Idowu defined that every healthcare facility have to have a design and a crew in area to tackle COVID19 problems such as triaging and assigning accountability for notification or communications with the Lagos State COVID19 response crew thru the 08000CORONA toll free line, 08000267662 or the Ministry of Health and the Local Government Area.
She recommended amenities towards unauthorized admission and remedy of proven COVID19 cases, warning that any services caught violating the laid-down protocol of operations in particular with regard to COVID19 case administration will be sanctioned in line with the extant provision of the law.
She reiterated that solely services authorized by means of the State Government for COVID19 case administration are predicted to lift out the administration of COVID19 cases.
Idowu entreated individuals in the State to desist from issuing panicky statements to the public on operation of fitness facilities. This in accordance to her is succesful of inflicting confusion and making the combat in opposition to the pandemic extra challenging.
’I enjoin all health facilities operators in the State to direct all enquiries and complaints on COVID19 case management as well as other issues bordering on their operations to the Lagos State Ministry of Health through HEFAMAA. We can be reached through the following telephone numbers – 09015637023, 09057273396, 09038795500, 08172704228 or visit our website at hefamaa.lagosstate.gov.ng”, She said.
Director, Public Affairs
23rd April 2020