Coronavirus: Nigeria may consider using Schools, Hotels as Isolation Centres – Minister

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Coronavirus: Nigeria may consider using Schools, Hotels as Isolation Centres – Minister

Coronavirus: Nigeria may consider using Schools, Hotels as Isolation Centres – Minister

The Federal Government of Nigeria says it will consider the usage of hotels, schools, and other places as isolation centres for COVID-19 patients if the need arises, an official stated.

Osagie Ehanire, who is the nation’s Minister for Health, stated this on Thursday at the daily Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing.

The Minister stated that the country currently has more than 112 treatment and isolation centres located across 35 states and the FCT with over 5,000 beds.

He further made mention that not all states have up to the 300 beds prescribed for isolation and treatment.

“In the coming days or weeks or months, we might require the use of hotels and school dormitories to be prepared for level 1 (Quarantine) and level 2 Isolation (of COVID-19 positive with zero or mild symptoms).

This is aimed at to free hospital beds to be dedicated to level 3, (moderate to severe cases) and level 4, (high dependency and Intensive care unit),” he stated.

At the moment, Nigeria is using some hotels located in Lagos and Abuja as isolation centres for Nigerians evacuated from other countries because of the COVID-19.

Schools have been shut down for close to two months due to Coronavirus. The PTF stated on Wednesday that it would soon release guidelines for the reopening of schools.

Before now, Chikwe Ihekweazu, who is the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), made it clear that the country lacks adequate bed spaces to accommodate COVID-19 patients in isolation centres across states.

He made it known that the nation is slowly considering home-care treatment for COVID-19 patients.

To further free up isolation centres, the Nigerian government said it may consider discharging COVID-19 patients earlier than their required treatment and isolation period, even though they are still positive.

Coronavirus: Nigeria may consider using Schools, Hotels as Isolation Centres – Minister

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