Sanwo-Olu announces medical palliatives for maternity, emergency patients at public hospitals

As part of measures to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 lockdown on citizens, the Governor of Lagos State Babajide Sanwo-Olu has announced that the state would foot the medical bills of certain categories of patients in its secondary health facilities.

Lagos, the epicenter of COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria with 120 of the 232 confirmed cases in the country, has been placed on a 14-day lockdown since Monday 30th March 2020 by President Muhammadu Buhari.

A few days before the stay-at-home order, the governor had rolled out economic stimulus package which comes in form of foodstuffs for residents. The first phase of the welfare package, according to Sanwo-Olu is expected to reach 200,000 households.

On the medical palliatives, Sanwo-Olu said "The Lagos State Government will, for the duration of the restriction on movement, take full responsibility for the medical bills of all patients in all Lagos State-owned secondary healthcare facilities: emergency/casualty cases, including registration, laboratory tests, surgeries, and drugs: maternity cases: normal delivery and cesarean sections.

"What this means is that at this time, patients with the above-listed condition will not need to make any payments to access treatment and care at all our 27 general hospitals across the state."

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