By Ayomide Oye, LAGOS
Lagos state government has announced the closure of Eti-Osa isolation centre on Friday, adding that Agidingbi isolation centre would soon be closed as well.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu disclosed this on Saturday, during his 17th COVID-19 briefing at the State House, Marina.
Prompt News reports that for the second week running, Lagos has recorded decrease in confirmed cases of the deadly coronavirus codenamed COVID-19.
Justifying the closure, the governor said the state had built excess isolation capacity, noting that some of the centres are having just about 20% of their occupancy capacities.
“We have run through a model that shows that we have built excess isolation capacity over the last five months.
“We have to come to a stage where we need to balance the economics of risk, as to which isolation facility should we need to keep running.
“Some of the isolation centres are having less than 20 per cent of their occupancy capacities. This is why we concluded to shut Eti-Osa facility and another one in Lekki,” Governor Sanwo-Olu said.
He said that the Government had activated a process of reverting the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) in Yaba to its status as a care centre to cater to all forms of infectious diseases.
However, the tent built by Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) at IDH premises will remain strictly for management of COVID-19 cases, the governor said.
He therefore, enjoined all “to take responsibility for themselves and their loved ones. Self-regulation is the order of the day, and no one should wait for the government to regulate them or their conduct, even though we will be doing so.
“Everyone of us must take up the responsibility and ensure that we are self-regulating ourselves in our interest and that of our loved ones.”