The Lagos State Government has said statistics show that 42 per cent of patients in the state hospitals are from other states. The state Deputy Governor, Dr Kadri Hamzat, stated this on Thursday while receiving the United Nations Inter-Agency Taskforce on the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases and Tuberculosis.
Hamzat, according to a statement, said the state was also improving on its referral system so as not to overburden secondary and tertiary health institutions. Stating that attendance at Lagos hospitals showed a 42 per cent inflow from other states, the deputy governor emphasised the need for government to improve its health care system.
“Commenting on the visit, which was to keep non-communicable disease in the front burners, Hamzat said Lagos State was prepared to handle at least 100 cases of CN19 at the quarantine centre in Yaba, which is equipped with appropriate laboratory.
“He said there was no confirmed case of the virus in Lagos. He added that though the spread rate was high, the 2.5 per cent fatality rate for CN19 when compared to other diseases put at 25 per cent, was low,” the statement added.
The deputy governor also urged medical researchers to improve on their work with respect to cure for tuberculosis.
Earlier, the Team Lead for the task force and Head, Strategy, WHO Global TB Programme, Diana Weil, said Lagos State had been improving in its demonstration of commitment to fighting non-communicable diseases, thus attracting funding from the Global Funds to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
She noted the need to improve public awareness as a strategy for curbing the spread of diseases, adding that attention should be on reducing stigmatisation.
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