Lagos State government said it is in the process of having a premium COVID-19 Isolation Centre that will cost patient some monies.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu disclosed this on Sunday while addressing State House Correspondents on COVID-19 update in the state at Lagos House, Marina.
Sanwo-Olu said efforts are in top-gear to upgrade the state-owned Isolation Centre at Gbagada, which would attract a fee while that of Yaba is to remain free of charge.
“The Lagos State Government is making efforts to transform the State-owned Isolation Center in Gbagada into a fee-paying facility that people can elect to be treated at. This means that while the Covid Treatment Facility in Yaba will continue to offer free and high-quality treatment to all persons, Gbagada will offer treatments at a moderated and affordable cost to those who wish to take advantage of extra offerings like private treatment rooms and more personalized levels of care,” the governor said.
He expressed disappointment about the widespread violation of COVID-19 non-pharmaceutical protocols, warning violators that it is no longer business as usual.
His word, “The State Government has observed with dismay the widespread flagrant disregard and non-adherence to guidelines and protocols aimed at stemming and curbing the tide of infection.
“We particularly note that some event centres have been operating their premises outside the acceptable parameters for operation/usage and continue to be recalcitrant in this regard. This is to sound a very serious note of warning that henceforth all those found culpable and in breach of the existing regulations and guidelines would be swiftly and decisively dealt with in full accordance with the provisions of the law.
“It is hereby directed that no gathering of more than 50 persons shall hold in an enclosed space, except for religious purposes, in which case the gathering shall not exceed 50 per cent capacity of the space. A breach of the provisions of the Presidential Regulations attracts upon summary conviction, a fine or six months imprisonment and or both.
“Our enforcement agencies have been appropriately tasked to ensure maximum compliance. All Lagosians are enjoined to continue to observe all laid down guidelines and protocols issued by both the state and federal governments for the effective containment and treatment of the novel coronavirus disease.”