The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has offered its 425 healthcare facilities to the Nigerian government to be used as isolation and treatment centres for the Covid-19, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, said during the daily briefing by the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19.

With increasing cases of Covid-19 in the country, the federal government raised concerns over the lack of bed spaces to accommodate confirmed patients and will be considering the option of home-care treatment.

Mustapha said that the government is ready to utilise the facilities, adding, ‘As part of efforts to support the states in the establishment of the isolation and treatment centres, I wish to remind our governors that the [CBCN] has volunteered all the 425 hospitals and clinics nationwide for adaptation and use as isolation centres’.

He urged governors in their respective states to approach Catholic Bishops to access these facilities.

Concerning other facilities, the THISDAY Dome treatment and isolation facility in Abuja was inaugurated on Tuesday, 13 May, 2020. It added a total of 270 beds to the isolation centres capacity in Abuja.

’This is a private sector-driven initiative and we commend the efforts of THISDAY, NNPC, Sahara Energy Group, CCECC and all the partners involved in this enterprise’, Mustapha said.

Source: Premium Times

Photo source: The Guardian

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