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COVID-19: Nigeria govt begs Nigerians to donate buildings as isolation centers

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The Nigerian government has made an appeal to Nigerians to donate their buildings as isolation centers as the coronavirus pandemic increases.

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire made the appeal on Thursday, at the press briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja.

He said the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) needs more isolation centres to meet up the target to test two million people in the next three months.

The minister noted, “I have appealed to citizens to make their property available temporarily for this purpose. I am sure that after that, there are many property owners who will come up and donate to state governments for a period of time to be used for this function.

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“We are not out of space now but we are making the appeal ahead of time so that we have these facilities ready.”

Recall that the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, made it known at the briefing on Thursday that there would be need for more bed spaces to fight the global scourge.

”Concerning the availability of bed spaces for the management of patients, there is no doubt that we are struggling in certain places especially in Lagos State, and to an extent Kano and Abuja. But the biggest challenge right now is in Lagos where bed spaces are really tight”, he said.

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