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COVID-19:Nigeria has 112 isolation centres in 36 states, FCT- Minister

By Oluwaseun Sonde

The Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora has said that Nigeria has a total of 112 treatment and isolation centres in all the 36 states and FCT with 5,324 beds while only five states including the FCT have at least 300 beds as prescribed for isolation and treatment, 21 states have less than 100 bed spaces.

He made this known at the Press Conference on Covid-19 in Abuja on Wednesday, he said as number of confirmed cases increases, there is an urgent need to expand the treatment centres across the country.

He called on the State governors, philanthropists to take active and deliberate steps to scale up the number of beds for isolation and treatment of confirmed cases in their states. “As we prepare to move into the next phase of the response. Including the easing of the lockdown, we have conducted a high level technical session on strategic outputs of Mid-Action Review (MAR) and identified priority activities for the next phase of the response.

“In addition, we have commenced development of sector specific advisories on re-opening. Training of health workers on case management is ongoing in more states. There are global efforts to find a cure for the disease and Nigeria is part of that effort. We have received a few proposals for local remedies for the disease and these have been forwarded to the relevant agencies for evaluation”, he said.

He added that as Nigeria is anxious to find a cure for the disease, the Federal Government will not compromise the health of any Nigerian. “We are not prepared to do trial and error with the health of our people. Whatever is approved for use in Nigeria must meet the required standard as determined by the relevant agencies.

“We were also able to find common grounds for collaboration. Government will support every genuine efforts aimed at finding a local solutions to the pandemic. Let me at this point again advise us against crowding up as this increases the risk of transmission. Until a cure or vaccine is found, prevention is still the best approach to containing the virus”, he said.

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