#COVID19: Health minister asks Nigerians to donate buildings as Isolation centers, Abia discharges one patient

Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has appealed to Nigerians to donate their buildings to serve as isolation centres.

Worried by the increasing number of coronavirus cases in the country, Ehanire made the appeal at a press conference in Abuja.

The minister said although there are no shortage of bed spaces yet, he is making the appeal ahead of time so that the facilities will be readily available when they need to be used.

“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,’ he said.

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the country has recorded 1932 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday night. So far, 319 patients have been discharged with 58 deaths

NCDC DG, Chikwe Ihekweazu on Thursday, disclosed that Lagos is currently running short of bed spaces for COVID19 patients.

Meanwhile, one Coronavirus patient has been discharged from the Isolation center in Abia state after recovering from the disease.

The male patient was discharged after testing negative twice in tests carried out after treatment.

A statement by Dr. Azubuike K. Onyebuchi, the medical director of Federal Medical Center, Umuahia, says that efforts are being made in collaboration with NCDC and the State government to test all the high risks contacts of the index cases.

“As you are aware on the 20th of April, 2020 we reported two confirmed cases of COVID 19 in the state both of which were patients being treated in our facility for other co-morbid conditions,” the statement said.

“Since then both patients have been receiving treatment in our Isolation Ward for COVID 19 alongside other co-morbidities they presented with.

“I am glad to inform you that today we will be discharging our first successfully treated COVID 19 case from the isolation facility.

“He has shown marked clinical improvement and has met the National criteria for discharge of COVID-19 patients from isolation centers which is testing negative two consecutive times to the corona virus from the NCDC reference laboratory.

“It is heartwarming to note that efforts are being made in collaboration with NCDC and the State to test all the high risks contacts of the index cases. All those so far tested including those with symptoms have tested negative.”

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