Prof. Wasiu Adeyemo, the Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC), Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), has advised the public to stop going to the hospital for suspected cases of coronavirus.
LUTH said there has been an increase in people by visiting the hospital to request COVID-19 test
Adeyemo spoke in an interview with newsmen on Monday.
He explained that the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) in Yaba, was the designated centre to handle suspected case.
“There is need for the general public and private hospitals to know that cases suspected to be COVID-19 should be referred to IDH, Yaba, and NOT any general hospitals, LUTH or Federal Medical Centre FMC”, Adeyemo noted.
“They will be seen by the infectious disease experts at IDH and their samples will be taken for COVID-19 test.
“We are beginning to see patients coming individually to LUTH for COVID-19 test. This is not the protocol.”
He added persons suspected to have COVID-19 must first be seen by infectious disease expert.
Adeyemo explained that the expert is the one to take the sample and send it to the designated laboratory.
“Patients should, therefore, desist from coming to the laboratory on their own for the test,” the CMAC chairman said.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian government has asked workers to work from home due to the global pandemic.
The country is scrambling to stop the spread of coronavirus which has affected 40 people and caused 2 deaths.