President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR

Nigeria to build isolation centres across states as COVID-19 cases total 2,950

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

Following a progressive, steep increase in the number of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases across the country, the Federal Government of Nigeria is set to establish more isolation centres in all the 36 states of the Federation.

Mr. Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid 19, stated Tuesday, May 5 said there were plans by government to build, at least, one state-of-the-art intensive care units (ICUs) and isolation/treatment centres in each of the 36 States and Abuja.

Mustapha disclosed that the arrangements are part of measures to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, COVID-19 in the country.

“In this regard, we plan to establish state-of-the-art intensive care units and isolation/treatment centres in each of the 36 States plus FCT.

“We will also upgrade molecular laboratory facilities across the country and ensure that a COVID-19 testing centre is available in every State through the utilisation of existing GeneXpert machines.”

The PTF Chairman, regarding Kano State, disclosed that the government has mobilised about 3, 300 informants through the WHO/polio programme for house-to-house search and reporting of suspected COVID-19 cases as part of measures to tackle to rising case in Kano State.

An Isolation Centre in Lagos, Nigeria.

ConsumerConnect reports that the SGF, while addressing the plenary in the House of Representatives during, said the Federal Government would soon announce supplementary material and technical resources to complement state government’s efforts at combating the pandemic in Kano.

He said the PTF was working towards strengthening the country’s public health emergency preparedness through system building and infrastructure development.

According to him, out of about 12, 504 persons earmarked for contact tracing, about 11,840, representing 95 percent, had been traced.

He stated that about 9,828 health workers have been trained to beef up case management.

The government has also secured insurance cover for 5,000 frontline health workers, having signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with health professionals on the hazard allowance and other incentives.

Mustapha, nonetheless, lamented that Kano is fast emerging as the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Northern Nigeria.

The grave situation the state necessitated President Muhammadu Buhari’s specific directives in his broadcast of Monday, April 27.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC), has confirmed 148 new COVID-19 cases in the country, taking Nigeria’s total cases to 2,950.

According to the NCDC, in a tweet, via its verified Twitter account, stated of the new cases, 43 are in Lagos, 32 are in Kano, while 14 are in Zamfara State.

Ten are in the FCT, nine in Katsina, seven in Taraba, six in Borno and Ogun, five in Oyo, three in Edo, Kaduna and Bauchi, two in Adamawa and Gombe, and one each in Plateau, Sokoto and Kebbi.

Whereas the total COVID-19 cases worldwide as of 12 noon Wednesday, May 6, are 3.66 million cases, 255,050 deaths, and 1,142,642 recoveries.

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