Covid Patients Needing Oxygen Surge in Nigeria’s Commercial Hub

The number of coronavirus patients requiring oxygen to survive surged fivefold at one of the main hospitals in the Nigerian commercial hub of Lagos, as a second wave of the pandemic hits the nation’s biggest city.

Demand for oxygen increased to 350 six-liter cylinders per day from 70 cylinders at the Yaba Mainland Hospital, state Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said Tuesday in an emailed statement.

“This is projected to more than double to 750 six-cylinders before the end of January 2021,” he said.

Lagos had 41,374 confirmed cases of coronavirus as of Jan. 17. A total of 227 infected people have been admitted to isolation centers, while another 9,213 persons are receiving care at home, said Akin Abayomi, the state’s commissioner for health.

The state has opened discussions with vaccine manufacturers, according to the statement.

“In the meantime, we are developing a strategy that will articulate the criteria, guidelines and regulatory framework for providing and monitoring vaccinations in Lagos,” the governor said.

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