The Director-General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, has exposed one of the inadequacies of Nigeria’s health sector, saying there are only about 3, 500 bed spaces available across the country.
Medical doctors have said he may be referring to COVID-19 bed spaces specifically, even though they agreed it is still an indictment on our governments.
He said this on Thursday during the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja
Ihekweazu said the country is facing challenges to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Lagos, Abuja and Kano State due to lack of sufficient bad spaces to accommodate confirmed cases in isolation centres.
He explained that the country has 1, 728 cases of COVID-19 and is tracing over 10, 000.
“In response to the question about bed spaces, there is no doubt about that, we are struggling in certain places especially in Lagos. To an extent Kano and Abuja too but the biggest challenge right now is in Lagos where bad spaces are really tight.
“Across the country, we have about 3, 500 bed spaces identified as available for COVID-19 but in Lagos, we are really struggling. So, we are going to keep trying to work with them to make more spaces available and ultimately.
“We will always be honest with Nigerians, we are struggling at the moment we might have to adapt that strategy because of the reality we have faced over the next few days and weeks”, he explained.