Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 Announces Intention To Build Isolation Centres In All Land Borders

Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 Announces Intention To Build Isolation Centres In All Land Borders

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Presidential Task Force on COVID-19  Announces Intention To Build Isolation Centres In All Land Borders

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has announced intention to build isolation centres in all land borders. The Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Chikwe Ihekweazu, who disclosed this on Tuesday during a briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja, said 2,000 tests would be conducted in Lagos, 1,000 in Abuja and 1,000 in other parts of the country.

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said isolation centres would be established at the country’s land borders.

Buhari had on Monday extended the 14 days lockdown he ordered in the Federal Capital Territory, Lagos and Ogun states on March 29 by another two weeks.

The NCDC director general on Tuesday recalled that the President, in his speech on Monday, said the public health response to COVID-19 was dependent on ability to detect, test and admit cases as well as trace all contacts.

Ihekweazu said Nigeria had increased its laboratories for testing COVID-19 to 12, adding that the government would ensure every state had a lab.


Also at the briefing, the minister of health, stated that the primary health centres were not meant to treat coronavirus patients. He added that treatment centres would be sited at border areas to cater for Nigerians returning from neighbouring countries.

The minister also said government was concerned about the prevalence of COVID-19 in the neighbouring counties

He stated, “Prevalence of COVID-19 in neigbouring states is a new concern. There is a plan to build treatment centres near the legal entry borders. The borders are closed, but when Nigerian citizens turn up, they are allowed in.

“What we do is to take them to a facility where they can be isolated, screened and go through the protocol of 14-day observation before they are released. Those who are positive are taken to the isolation centres.
                                                                                           
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