Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire has pleaded to wealthy Nigerians to donate their buildings to serve as isolation centres.
While perturbed by the rising number of Coronavirus cases in Nigeria, Dr Osagie Ehanire pleased with wealthy Nigerians at a press conference in Abuja to donate their buildings.
Nigeria’s Minister of Health stated that even though there is no shortage of bed spaces yet in the country, he is making the appeal ahead of time so that the facilities will be readily available when they need to be used.
Smnaija earlier reported that NCDC through its spokesman, Chikwe Ihekweazu, complained about the lack of bed spaces in isolation centers in Lagos state.
This complaint by NCDC was made yesterday, April 30th, and it now contradicts what the health minister disclosed in a press briefing in Abuja today, May 1st.
Dr Osagie Ehanire said in a statement in Abuja:
“I have appealed to citizens to make their property available temporarily for this purpose. 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. We are not out of space now but we are making the appeal ahead of time so that we have these facilities ready.”
Meanwhile, Nigeria currently has 1932 confirmed cases of COVID19 with 58 deaths recorded so far. Also, about 319 patients have been discharged from the isolation centers after fully recovering from the virus.