Monday, May 11, 2020

Catholic Church Donates All Its 425 Hospitals In Nigeria As COVID-19 Isolation Centres

Following a public outcry by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, of insufficient bed space for COVID-19 patients, the Catholic Bishop Conference of Nigeria, CBCN, has made a donation of all it's 425 health facilities across the country as isolation centres for COVID-19. 

Catholic Church Donates All Its 425 Hospitals In Nigeria As COVID-19 Isolation Centres

This was revealed by the secretary to the government of the federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha, at the presidential task force briefing on Monday.

He stated that the state governments can now take advantage of the facilities, adding that with the recent donations, these would add in the committee’s support for the state governments.

He said;

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.

It will add a total of 270 beds to our 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.

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