The Lagos State Government has raised alarm over alarming rate at which people who tested positive for Coronavirus are absconding from treatment.
Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, at a news conference in Ikeja, Lagos, said the huge figures being announced as positive cases in Lagos were just on paper as there is increasing rate of abscondment in the state.
He said the reason for the high rate of abscondment might be due to stigmatization.
“As we diagnose and try to find patients, we can’t find them, the trend is increasing, maybe because of the stigmatisation. We are working hard to know why people are stigmatised. There are people practising self-home isolation, some gives us fake numbers, they abscond, they are isolating themselves.
”In essence, many Nigerians or Lagosians are practising home isolation. We are trying to transmit to home-base isolation, especially if you are mild, we are working on it. In another week, we will give you the parameter how we will integrate home base care,” he said.
He appealed to Lagos residents to stop hiding their COVID-19 status, especially those who have tested positive and encouraged those around them to stop stigmatizing such individuals.
The Commissioner, who announced that so far 16,000 tests have been conducted in Lagos, said the State was currently conducting 800 tests per day at four testing laboratories and was due to ramp up the testing capacity to 1000 per day very soon.
While describing the daily increase in the number of positive cases announced in Lagos by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC as normal and within parameters, Abayomi said the State is expecting to see about 250 positive cases per day from next week.