The Lagos State Government has announced the shutting down of the COVID-19 isolation centre in Eti Osa Local Government Area of the state.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said this at the 17th update of the management of the disease in the state at the Lagos House, Marina.
He also revealed that the isolation centre at Agidingbi, Ikeja, would be closed and patients moved to the soon to be inaugurated Indo Centre in the Anthony area of the state.
“Over the last four, five months, we have built excess capacity centre, but that is only the way to go, you cannot over-prepare,” he said.
“We have got to a stage where we need to balance the economics of this and which of these facilities do we need to keep running. Some of them now are having less than 20 per cent of occupancy.
“This is why we reached a conclusion to shut Eti-Osa facility and another one in Lekki.”
He explained that the Infectious Diseases Hospital in Yaba “is now also gradually being reverted back to its former status as a hospital to cater to all forms of infectious diseases.”
Sanwo-Olu also said the state has observed a reduction in the number of COVID-19 cases.
“In the week ending July 26, 2020, we successfully tested close to 9,000 samples in Lagos State, across the public and private sector laboratories, a 50 per cent increase from the approximately 6,000 samples tested in each of the preceding two weeks.
“We believe that this increase in testing will lead to an increase in the number of daily confirmed cases of the Virus in Lagos State.
“This is a welcome development since our capacity to contain the pandemic depends significantly on how successful we are in identifying all the existing cases.
“I must however also mention that we have seen a general decrease in positivity rates in Lagos State over the past two weeks, which, combined with the increase in testing numbers, paints a very encouraging picture of the outcome of our response strategy.”