Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha disclosed that Catholic Bishop Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has offered 425 health facilities across the nation to be used as COVID-19 isolation centres.
Mr Mustapha who revealed this at the presidential task force briefing on Monday said that the facilities can now be used by the government to tackle the issue of no bed spaces currently been experienced in various isolation centres across the country.
“As part of efforts to support the states in the establishment of isolation and treatment centres, I wish to remind our state governors that the Catholic Bishops’ Conference has offered and volunteered all the 425 hospitals and clinics that belong to the Catholic Mission nationwide for adaptation and use as isolation centres. Governors are encouraged to approach Catholic Bishops and Arch-Bishops in their states to access these facilities.”
Mr Mustapha who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation had told newsmen in Abuja on Friday that the isolation and treatment centres in the country are running out of bed spaces.
The SGF, however, noted that efforts are being intensified to increase the number of treatment centres in the country.
“We have received reports from the states, which suggests that the treatment centres are running out of bed spaces. As we assess the situation, the PTF shall also begin to examine our peculiar circumstances, modify the strategies for care management, and consider viable alternatives, where necessary. At the appropriate time, the guidelines and protocols shall be unfolded,” he said.
The PTF Chairman on Monday noted that during the first week of the lockdown relaxation, the nation had experienced a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases due to increased testing. He called on states to set up isolation centres to accommodate level one and two of isolation, noting that the PTF will introduce an inclusive policy in the coming weeks. Mr Mustapha stressed that President Muhammadu Buhari made a sensitive decision to ease the lockdown, he, therefore, urged individuals not to misuse the opportunity by returning to their Pre-COVID-19 ways of life. Source- Channels TV
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