Nigeria’s Catholic Church donates 425 Hospitals for Fight against COVID-19
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The Nigerian Catholic Church on Monday has volunteered all its health facilities across the country as COVID-19 isolation centers. The donation was made by the Catholic Bishop Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
The country’s Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Gidahyelda Mustapha, at a presidential task force meeting on Monday disclosed the news and has encouraged all state governments to earnestly take advantage of these facilities.
Nigerians using numerous media platforms have been singing the Nigerian Catholic Church praises, saying that the church’s charity is a major boost to the nation's effort in fighting the pandemic.
Mr. Mustapha, who also heads the country’s presidential task force on COVID-19, has commissioned another isolation facility in Abuja, called the Thisday Dome facility. The facility will add 300 beds to the state's isolation capacity.
This is good news as many states do not have isolation centres and other isolation centers are running out of bed spaces. Some states have also employed the use of tents which is unsuitable for the country ‘s tropical climate.
As of Monday night 11 May 2020, the number of confirmed cases in Nigeria now stands at 4641, with 150 deaths.