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Lagos State Governor Declares Free Treatments And Deliveries During Lockdown.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Saturday announced free treatment for patients with emergency cases as well as deliveries for pregnant women throughout the month of April at the state’s general hospitals.

The governor, who announced this at a press briefing, added that drugs would be given free of charge to patients on emergency cases during the lockdown.

He explained that the state decided to add these to its welfare packages for the people to make life easier for them throughout the lockdown period.

Urging Lagos residents to continue to obey the movement restriction order by the Federal Government, the governor said about 400 vehicles of those who flouted the directive had been impounded.

He warned those flouting the directive to stop, saying the directive on restriction of movement was to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic which had killed over 60,000 persons across the world.

Making reference to Saturday PUNCH’s exclusive story that a renal patient died of coronavirus at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital on Friday, the governor said the patient had some underlying ailments and died before the result of his coronavirus test came out.

Sanwo-Olu stated that while the state recorded the first death, another coronavirus patient had been discharged.

The governor said the state had started to review the process of distributing food relief package, which was introduced at the beginning of the restriction, noting that the programme had made positive difference in the lives of the targetted beneficiaries.

He said, “Concerning our stimulus package, we have since returned to the drawing board for us to look at what has gone wrong and what we need to improve on in that exercise.

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“I want to use this opportunity to further announce additional ameliorating measures to complement our welfare and food stimulus package.

“The Lagos State Government will for the duration of this lockdown and throughout the month of April take full responsibility for medical bills of all patients who fall under the following categories and they present themselves at all our secondary health facilities (27 general hospitals and maternal and child health facilities) in the state.

“Emergency casualty cases including registration, laboratory tests, surgeries will be treated free of charge. Maternity cases, all pregnant women that have to do delivery in this month of April either cesarean or normal delivery will also be attended to free of charge. All admissions in this period will also be covered and treated free of charge in the month of April.

“What this means is that patients that fall within the above categories that will need to access our hospitals will be treated free.”

Asked whether there would be extension of the lockdown, Sanwo-Olu said, “We are in the period of national emergency and the ongoing restriction was declared by the President. If there’s need for an extension, the federal authorities will decide on that based on the outcome of the ongoing measures.”

Sanwo-Olu said although the free treatment and deliveries would increase to the burden of the medical workers, he added that they had assured him they would rise to the challenge.

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