COVID-19: Medical centre announces increase in symptoms

By Faith Enang

In a "Covid-19 pandemic update," the University of Lagos has announced the possibility of the presence of the coronavirus Delta variant in the institution. 

The University also verified the increase of patients with Covid-19 symptoms recorded at the medical centre. 

 This announcement is coming barely two days after the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu raised an alarm over the increase in the occupancy rate of isolation centres in the state. 

 The University's statement read: "The University of Lagos Medical Centre wishes to inform all members of the University of Lagos Community about what appears to be the start of a potential 3rd wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Lagos State.

 “The Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-olu, in his press statement issued on July 11, 2021, stated that since the beginning of July there has been a steep increase in the number of daily confirmed cases, with the test positivity rate going from 1.1% at the end of June 2021, to its current rate of 6.6% as at the 8th of July 2021. This is with a concurrent increase in the occupancy rate at Lagos State isolation centres.

 “The University of Lagos community has also been affected by this potential 3rd wave, with an increase in the number of patients presented to the University of Lagos Medical Centre with flu-like symptoms which are similar to COVID-19.

 “The Medical Centre hereby assures all members of the University community, that all necessary actions in line with the Federal and Lagos State Government guidelines have been taken regarding this potential threat in our community.

 “The Medical Centre will also return to providing EMERGENCY ONLY SERVICES during this period, to protect all members of the community from potential infection within the facility. The Medical Centre Emergency Contact line: 09095879781 remains open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 “Despite this threat to the return of normalcy, pursuit of education and daily livelihood, it has become imperative once more to judiciously adhere to the following COVID-19 guidelines and protocols to curb the spread of this disease.”

 The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe has scheduled an emergency senate meeting to hold today Wednesday, July 14. The Senate will deliberate on the next step to take in curbing the spread of the virus.


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