Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, on Thursday, appealed to Nigerians to make available their buildings for the purpose of isolation centres.
Ehanire made the plea at the daily press briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja.
He stated that as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control targets two million tests in the next three months more buildings would be needed as isolation centres.
The minister stated, “I have appealed to citizens to make their property available temporarily for this purpose. I am sure that after that, 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.”
The minister said that he knows that the hazard allowance of health workers at the forefront of COVID-19 fight was being negotiated, but said that it did not include that of environmental health personnel.
He also stated that test capacity of the 15 laboratories in the country had reached 2500. Ehanire, thus, called on Nigerians to take advantage of the facilities.