The Catholic Bishop Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has donated all it’s 425 health hospital in in the 36 state of the federation as Covid-19 isolation centres.
This happened after NCDC complained that state are not enough bed spaces for COVID-19 patients.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha who is also the chairman of the presidential task force on COVID-19, disclosed this on Monday during the presidential task force briefing. He said the donation be add grately to the committee’s support for the state government.
According to him, state governments can take advantage of the facilities for Isolation Centre.
“As part of efforts to support the states in the establishment of the isolation and treatment centres, I wish to remind our governors that the Catholic Bishops Conference has volunteered all the 425 hospitals and clinics nationwide for adaptation and use as isolation centres. Governors are encouraged to please approach Catholic Bishops in their states to access these facilities. As a further cost-effective measure, I also wish to remind subnational authorities that the Nigeria Institute of Architects has pledged the pro bono services of their members to modify, design and supervise all COVID-19 related projects nationwide. Again, we urge that this offer be taken up speedily,” he said.
He said the publisher of THISDAY Newspaper has donated the facility to support the fight against COVID-19 in Abuja. he added that the facility will add a total of 270 beds to isolation capacity in Abuja.
“This is a private sector-driven initiative and we commend the efforts of this Thisday, NNPC, Sahara Energy Group, CCECC and all the partners involved in this enterprise,” he said.