Despite the Billions of Naira donated to Nigeria’s fight against the dreaded Coronavirus, COVID-19, by private individuals and companies, the Federal Government has begged Nigerians to donate their buildings as isolation centres for treatment of patients.
According to Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, the appeal was necessary to support President Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts to win the Coronavirus, COVID-19, war
Speaking on Friday during a daily press briefing in Abuja by the Presidential Task Force on the coronavirus disease. Ehanire said: “I have appealed to citizens to make their property available temporarily for this purpose.
“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 also said Nigeria and the rest of the world have experienced and survived previous epidemics so he is optimistic that the world would also overcome the COVID-19 soon.
Although he admitted that the coronavirus has crippled the world’s economies, he said it would soon be a thing of the past in Nigeria.
“We have survived many past epidemics but COVID-19 has been the most difficult and damaging that nations and healthcare systems have faced in recent times,” he said.
Speaking further, Ehanire noted that only two, of the 36 states are yet to record any cases in the country.
According to him, 204 cases have been reported in the last 24 hours with Kano having the largest, with 80 cases and Lagos trailing closely with 45 cases.
“Only two states have not yet reported a case at all. 204 cases were reported in the last 24 hours, with Kano being 80, Lagos (45), Gombe (12), Sokoto (9), Bauchi (9), Edo (7).”
Other states include Borno (7), Rivers (6), Ogun (6), FCT (4), Akwa Ibom (4), Bayelsa (4), Kaduna (3), Oyo (2), Delta (2), Nasarawa (2), Ondo (1), Kebbi (1).
Lagos, however, remains the epicentre of the virus in Nigeria with 976 total cases.
The Minister further stated that 12 patients were discharged in the past day comprising of seven in Lagos, two in Ogun and one each in Akwa Ibom, Edo and Sokoto states.
Nigeria currently has 1932 confirmed cases of COVID19 with 58 deaths. So far, 319 patients have been discharged.