Nigerian Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has appealed to Nigerians to donate their buildings for use as isolation centres and treatment of coronavirus patients.
Ehanire made the appeal at the press briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID 19 in Abuja on Thursday.
Ehanire stated also that test capacity of the 15 laboratories in Nigeria had reached 2500. He, therefore, called on Nigerians to take advantage of the facilities.
According to the minister, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) plans to test two million people in the next three months and so more buildings would be needed as isolation centres.
The minister said, “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.”
Dr Ehanire also acknowledged that the hazard allowance of health workers in the frontline of COVID 19 fight was being negotiated, stating that it will not include that of environmental health personnel.
He therefore enjoined the masses to always adhere to measures outlined in the fight against coronavirus diseases.