COVID-19: Lagos Govt completes 110-bed isolation centre in a week


The Lagos State government has unveiled a 110-bed isolation centre, for the management of COVID-19 cases.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu commissioned the Centre, which is located at Moblaji Johnson Arena, few hours after new cases of the pandemic were announced by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

Sanwo-Olu, who was accompanied by Chief Executive Officer of GuarantyTrust Bank (GTB), Segun Agbaje, explained during the commissioning that the isolation center would complement already existing facilities in the state.

Lagos State has been on the frontline of prevention, management and containment of public health risks in Nigeria.

The isolation Centre is a product of the state’s Public-Private-Partnership with GTBank.

Other isolation centers in the state were located at the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) in Yaba which includes an 80-bed space and two mobile isolation centers with15-bed capacity each.

The facility, which was completed in less than a week is set to shore up the state’s response to the pandemic at hand.

He said: “As a government, we are very happy with the level of professionalism and details that were put into the construction of this facility. This action by the GTB and the contractors further revealed the can-do spirit in Nigerians. We are very impressed with the level of commitment put into the completion of the project”.

Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, said that the facility would be converted to a bio-security centre and restrict movement flow into the center to prevent the medical staff from contacting the deadly disease in the state.

In his description, he said the completion of the facility is an incredible achievement. He further stated that the isolation center would commence full operation “by the middle of next week”

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