The Federal Government on Tuesday inaugurated the ThisDay Dome temporary treatment and isolation centre for the management of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases.
The 300-bed facility with a 54gene laboratory is a private sector-driven initiative donated by a consortium of partners led by the Sahara Energy Group and the ThisDay Media and Technology Group. Other key players include the CA-COVID, the AFC, CCECC, NNPC and the CBN.
The Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF) and chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 pandemic, Mr Boss Mustapha, who conducted the ceremony, noted that coronavirus has totally overwhelmed even the best of health systems in the world necessitating that all developing nations must rise up to the present realities. He said: “Today, we are witnessing the realisation of the synergy with the commissioning of this facility, which is designed to accommodate 300 beds and is scalable to 500. “The speed and commitment demonstrated by the partners that developed this infrastructure is a call to other private sector entities to also get involved in the development of public interest facilities. “The PTF advocates strongly that lessons to be drawn from COVID-19 should, therefore, revolve around development, future planning, consensus building, collaboration and partnerships. The government can not always do it alone. We must all be involved.”
The SGF stated that the facility also has an intensive care unit for the treatment of the most severe cases of COVID-19. According to him, this would go a long way in providing care for the growing number of cases particularly for levels 1 and 2 categories. He expressed delight that the facility has, factored in, care for persons living with disabilities who might get infected. Source- Today.ng