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Ministry of health raises alarm over shortage of bed-space

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FEDERAL Ministry of Health has raised alarm over the increase in COVID-19 confirmed cases and the number of bed-spaces available for patients that are being treated for the virus.

  Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, on Sunday night had announced 260 new cases bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Nigeria to 12486.

  Ministry of Health on Friday while speaking on the increase in confirmed cases noted that Nigeria has 6,994 bed-spaces for COVID-19 patients.

  The Ministry further stated that the likes of Lagos, Kano State are experiencing a shortage of bed-spaces.

  The ministry in a statement through its Director of Hospital Services, Dr Adebimpe Adebiyi, said states such as Lagos with 5,729 cases and Kano, with 997 cases were battling with a shortage of bed-spaces. She, however, said the Federal Capital Territory and Ogun State had low bed occupancy rates.

  She, however, said states were making efforts to increase the number of bed-spaces for COVID-19 patients.

  The director stated, “There are currently 7,522 active cases in the country with 6,994 beds nationwide but states are continuing to make concerted efforts at expansion.”

  “The shortage of bed-spaces is occurring in only a few states such as Lagos and Kano where efforts are ongoing for expansion of bed-spaces, while some such as the FCT and Ogun State have low bed occupancy rates due to fewer numbers of confirmed or active cases.”

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