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Lagos State Government has made an appeal against stigmatizing health facilities that might have been exposed to Coronavirus cases in the state.

It stated that some hospitals might have inadvertently admitted or treated patients with COVID-19 without knowing.

Executive Secretary, State Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency (HEFAMAA), Abiola Idowu, made the plea in a statement on Friday.

Idowu debunked a list of some health facilities being circulated as purportedly exposed to COVID-19 cases.

She said stigma can drive people to hide the illness to avoid discrimination and prevent people from seeking healthcare.

The official assured that facilities found to have treated COVID-19 patients would be temporarily closed for decontamination.

Idowu appealed to patients infected with COVID-19 to report to government designated facility for treatment.

She urged all health facilities to adhere strictly to the principle on Infection Prevention and Control (IPC), and maintain a high degree of suspicion for Coronavirus.

Idowu said hospitals must have a plan and a team in place to address COVID-19 issues.

“The protocol include triaging and assigning responsibility for notification or communication with the Lagos State COVID-19 response team through the 08000CORONA (0800 026 7662) toll free line”.

Idowu advised facilities against unauthorized admission and treatment of confirmed COVID-19 cases.

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