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Lagosians practising home isolation because of stigmatisation – Health commissioner


Covid-19: Lagos may run out of isolation bed spaces in three weeks, Health commissioner says

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, has given reasons why the coronavirus [COVID-19] isolation centres were not filled to their capacities.

According to Prof. Abayomi, a reason the facilities were not filled was that some positive cases could not be found.

Abayomi, who blamed this on stigmatisation, wondered why coronavirus patients were discriminated against in society.

He compared COVID-19 to malaria, cold and flu, saying there was no reason for stigmatisation.

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He said,

“So, there are people who are already practising self-isolation on their own, because we can’t find them, and the numbers they give us maybe they are false numbers. When we go to visit them in their homes, they had absconded from their residences. They are isolating themselves in different places.

“In effect, the concept of home isolation is being practised by many Nigerians even though it is not a national policy, but the people of Lagos are practising home isolation, which is one of the reasons as a government we are trying to transit to home care because it is happening anyway. So, we might as well regularise it and make it an official option for some people who are mild or asymptomatic to isolate themselves at home.

“We are spending a lot of time working around parameters of what home isolation will look like. In another week or so, we will give definitive parameters on how the state will integrate home care with our isolation strategy.”

He explained that due to the global scarcity of reagents, the government contacted local scientists to produce alternatives.

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Abayomi said two of the three reagents needed for COVID-19 tests had been manufactured locally, thereby reducing the pressure to import the product.

He added that efforts were on for the local production of the third reagent.


COVID-19: Two relatives of confirmed case test positive for coronavirus



Two relatives of an earlier confirmed case from Ikire, Osun State have tested positive to coronavirus.

Osun State Government in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Health, Dr Rafiu Isamotu, on Friday said the new cases have increased a number of active cases in the state to nine.

He added that the total number of confirmed cases in the state remains 49, while Osun had successfully treated and discharged 36 patients.

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The state had also recorded four deaths related to the disease.

“We have recorded two new cases bringing the number of active cases in the state to nine. The two patients are relatives of a patient from Ikire, Irewole local government area of the state.

“As of today, we have recorded a total of 49 confirmed cases out of which 36 patients had been successfully treated and subsequently discharged from our facilities, leaving us with nine active cases”, Isamotu disclosed.

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COVID-19 : Expert warns against overdose of vitamin C



Mr. Paul Okoh, a nutritionist, has warned against the overdose of Vitamin C, to boost immune systems against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Okoh told Newsmen on Saturday in Abuja that such overdose could cause undesirable effects.

According to reports, that Vitamin C is one of the many water-soluble nutrients found naturally in fruits and vegetables.

Many people also take supplements to ensure that they get enough of it.

However, this has raised concerns over the likelihood of an accidental overdose.

The nutritionist said that it was wrong to take an overdose of vitamin C to prevent being affected by the virus.

According to him, Vitamin C is a type of antioxidant that helps protect the body from free radicals that damage and destroy healthy cells.

“In this respect, getting enough of the nutrient is just one way you can support your body’s natural defenses against illness.

“This is how it gained its reputation as a virus-fighting vitamin.

“It also helps increase iron absorption, which is essential for growth and overall body functions. Not having enough vitamin C can lead to a potentially deadly condition known as scurvy.

“Oranges and orange juices are perhaps the best-known sources of vitamin C, but other items in the produce aisle are bell peppers, broccoli, cantaloupe, grapefruit, kiwi
potatoes, strawberries, and tomatoes.’

The patients may probably not need vitamin C supplements if they eat a lot of fruits and vegetables.

“In fact, just one serving of any of the above foods could get you to your daily quota,” he said.

Okoh said that the average adult woman required 70mg of vitamin C per day, while the average man required 90mg.

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He recommended that the amounts were higher for pregnant and nursing women.

According to him, it’s important to discuss your individual nutritional needs with your doctor.

“The maximum recommended amount or upper limit is 2,000mg per day for all adults.

“Taking more than the upper limit for vitamin C is not life-threatening, but you may experience side effects like abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea, headaches, nausea, and possible vomiting, and also sleeping problems.

“People with hemochromatosis are in danger of a vitamin C overdose.

“This condition causes your body to store excessive amounts of iron, which is exacerbated by taking too much vitamin C. This condition can lead to body tissue damage,” he said.

Okoh stated that Vitamin C supplements may also interact with certain medications, especially medications for heart disease and cancer.

“Be sure to check with your doctor before taking a supplement,” he advised.

He said an overdose of vitamin C may also result in undesirable health conditions such as gall bladder stones, kidney stones, and pelvic ulcers.

”You know vitamin C is good for the body but its important people should take it moderately, at least only once in a day.

“But unfortunately some of our patients take a double or triple dose in a day and one of the side effects of this drug is that it causes peptic ulcer, which will create other problems for them.

“About 10 of our patients were discovered to have taken the overdose of these drugs.

He advised Nigerians to desist from self-medication, adding that drugs should be taken based on doctor’s prescription.

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COVID-19: Sokoto discharges all 101 patients, records 14 deaths



The Sokoto State Taskforce Committee on COVID-19 has discharged all 101 isolated coronavirus patients in the state and recorded 14 deaths.

The Committee’s Chairman, Dr. Ali Inname, who disclosed this at a news conference in Sokoto said that as of Friday there was no patient at the isolation center in the state.

Inname added that the first index case was recorded on April 19, in the state, with 731 samples collected, while 655 contacts completed the 14 days of follow up.

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The chairman who is also the state’s Commissioner for Health explained that the committee received 839 alerts from across the state and that all of them were investigated.

He said that the patients were from eight local government areas of the state.

According to him, men constituted 85 percent of the patient population.

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He said that the committee’s activities would continue as many test results were still pending.

He added that testing of suspected patients would continue, stressing that any positive person detected would be taken to the isolation center.

Inname, therefore, urged people to continue to patronize hospitals as service delivery had fully resumed in recognition of the fact that access to healthcare had declined due to the pandemic.

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The commissioner also advised people to abide by the safety guidelines of wearing face masks, constant washing of hands with soap, and using sanitizers as well as observing physical distance, among others.

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