The Nigerian Navy (NN) has unveiled a 40-bed space isolation centre at the Naval Dockyard Limited, Victoria Island for treatment of personnel who may test positive for COVID-19.
The facility built to accommodate four asymptomatic patients per room, followed concerns that Lagos and the country were running short of isolation centres for COVID-19 positive patients.
Speaking while inaugurating Centre on Monday, the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas said it was part of the NN’s proactive measures against the Corona virus disease.
Represented by the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Western Naval Command (WNC) Rear Admiral Oladele Daji, the CNS stated that only NN personnel who are asymptomatic would be isolated and treated at the facility.
He said the NN could not afford to take chances, considering the nature of their job, which makes officers and men stay in enclosed ships for long periods at sea.
The CNS said the navy identified the need for increased isolation centres as a proactive measure, especially at a time when other facilities are overwhelmed with a high number of patients.
“This 40-bed isolation centre is part of the contribution of the Nigerian Navy in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
The isolation centre will be used to isolate positive but asymptomatic persons under strict guidance of trained medical personnel with technical support from the Lagos State Government.
“An increase in exposure to the virus will lead to an increase in the number of confirmed positive cases. Therefore, management of positive cases includes isolation of the infected persons to reduce the chances of further spread in the community.
“Isolation centres have been established across the country to isolate and manage the confirmed cases, however, as more cases are confirmed, there arises the need for more centres for the isolation of people.”
It was gathered that more that over 1,000 NN personnel in Lagos have been tested at at Monday, June 1, 2020.
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