In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 04th, July, 2020

Demand For Oxygen By COVID-19 Sufferers Has Elevated

Demand For Oxygen By COVID-19 Patients Has Increased

Akin Abayomi

Prof Akin Abayomi

The Lagos State Commissioner for Well being, Prof Akin Abayomi, mentioned there was a rise within the demand for oxygen by COVID-19 sufferers, The PUNCH stories.

Because of this, he mentioned the state authorities had intensified efforts to make oxygen out there throughout the native authorities areas within the state.

Abayomi said this on Friday at a Zoom webinar by the Lagos Civil Society in opposition to COVID-19. The webinar was themed, ‘COVID-19 Residence/Group Based mostly Care in Lagos: Points and Alternatives.’ It was moderated by the Chairman, Worldwide Institute of Danger and Society Administration Nigeria, Dr Eugene Itua.

Talking throughout the session, Abayomi said, “We seen that there’s a slight improve within the demand for oxygen. Sufferers are coming in with breathlessness and typically they current (themselves) to different hospitals in want of oxygen.

“So, we try to make oxygen out there throughout the native authorities areas so sufferers can get oxygen therapy to be stabilised. As soon as they’re secure, they’ll now be moved into isolation centres and get extra medical therapy and hopefully, we are able to rescue them from getting right into a extra crucial stage the place we could now want to think about ventilating.

“We’d somewhat not ventilate. There are about 5 ranges of oxygen remedy earlier than we get to the air flow stage and if we are able to use these ranges and keep away from ventilating sufferers, we’ll somewhat go down that route. However that will depend on getting the affected person early sufficient.”

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Abayomi mentioned it was vital for folks in communities to go for testing early in the event that they seen COVID-19 signs so their circumstances wouldn’t escalate to the crucial stage.

“If they’re feeling unwell, they need to not robotically assume it’s malaria or typhoid or the rest. If they’re feeling unwell and there’s a fever, physique pains, cough and indicators of breathlessness or exhaustion, then it’s vital to get examined for COVID-19 and assess their respiratory perform to allow them to be admitted to an isolation centre early sufficient to forestall getting right into a extreme or crucial state,”
he mentioned.

Moreover, Abayomi mentioned the state was now testing about 1,000 folks a day and hoped to achieve four,000 assessments per day.

As a result of rising variety of sufferers (10,823 circumstances as of Thursday, in keeping with the Nigeria Centre for Illness Management), the well being commissioner mentioned the state would quickly exceed its isolation capability, therefore the adoption of home-based care.

He mentioned, “This (house care) just isn’t new. It’s endorsed by the World Well being Organisation. Residence isolation is a standard development of an outbreak and we have now reached that stage in Lagos.

“For the sufferers receiving house care, we are going to ship them a package deal which incorporates the essential gadgets we give sufferers on the isolation centres. The package features a masks, hand sanitiser, thermometer and a few medication. So, we’re evolving into home-based care and we’ll be reserving our centres for extra sophisticated circumstances.”

In the meantime, the webinar’s moderator and IIRSMN Chairman, Itua, mentioned civil society organisations had a serious position to play concerning home-based look after COVID-19 sufferers. He mentioned they need to help the varied stakeholders and communities on how one can handle the pandemic.

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