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COVID-19: "Convert Schools, Abandoned Buildings To Isolation Centers" - FG To States


The Federal Government has appealed to state governments to start using schools and abandoned buildings as isolation centres as positive cases continue to rise in the country.

The National Coordinator, Presidential Task Force on the COVID-19, Sani Aliyu, said this on Monday at the joint national briefing of the Presidential Task Force.

According to him, as the nation has entered the community-based transmission, states need to be prepared, expand their isolation and treatment capacities to avoid being caught unprepared.

He said,

"I must emphasise the need for state governments to continue to identify spaces for isolation of persons diagnosed positive with COVID-19.

“It’s important that we start considering unusual environments such as schools, academic institutions and even abandoned buildings because we definitely need to build our isolation capacities.

“You may recall that the PTF provided guidance on ensuring that at least 300 beds are made available across all states for isolating people with COVID-19 and we’re so concerned that a lot of states are yet to reach that number."

He added,

“In particular, we’ll continue to ensure the protection of health services system by collaboration with ministries, departments and agencies, we’ll continue to ensure the social protection and provision of basic services including the protection of jobs, both within the formal and informal sectors, as well as encouraging multilateral collaboration with the public and private sectors.”

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