Professor Akin Abayomi, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, has said patients with asymptomatic and mild coronavirus (COVID-19) cases can self-isolate in their homes under a supervised arrangement.
Abayomi stated this during a live Instagram entitled: “Flatten the Curve”, organised by EiE Nigeria, a civil society group, on Monday.
The current treatment protocol for COVID-19 in Lagos State and other states in the country is that confirmed cases are moved from their homes to designated isolation centres for management and care.
But Abayomi noted that Lagos State’s COVID-19 strategy is being revised, with more emphasis on saving people who are critically ill.
He, however, stated the individuals who feel unwell should contact the relevant health authorities.
He said: “We want to know about people who are in the moderate to severe category early. If you have mild conditions, you can go home, isolate yourself and lie down for a few days.
“You may have some problems, but you can take paracetamol. It will go away in a few days and you will be alright.
“When you are unwell, self-medicate and you are not getting better, we encourage you to come up.”
The commissioner also lamented that COVID-19 had spread across slums and high-density areas in Lagos as a result of community transmission.
Lagos State has recorded the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nigeria, with 2, 550 cases.