The Federal Government through the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha has said that the Roman Catholic Church in Nigeria has donated all its 425 hospitals in the country as isolation centres.
Mustapha made this known on Monday, adding that the increased number of cases of coronavirus across the country was due to the fact that testing capacity has been increased in the country.
He said ”During the first week, the country recorded high cases of COVID-19. This is attributable to our expanded capacity for testing with the opening up of more testing centres and laboratories. As of today, there are 21 laboratories nationwide, including private laboratories.”
“We have encouraged States to have at least 300-bed isolation centres, including intensive care units. However, with the increase in cases, we have begun to experience some shortages of bed spaces in the isolation centres.
“As part of efforts to support the States in the establishment of isolation and treatment centres, I wish to remind our State governors that the Catholic Bishops’ Conference has offered and volunteered all the 425 hospitals and clinics that belong to the Catholic Mission nationwide for adaptation and use as isolation centres.”
He called on state governors to meet up with respective Roman Catholic Bishops in the 36 States to access the facilities.