The federal government of Nigeria said there are plans to make sure that all the states, including the FCT, get at least one state-of-the-art intensive care unit and isolation/treatment centres.
This was made known by the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID 19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha as measures to curtail the spread of the coronavirus.
“In this regard, we plan to establish state-of-the-art intensive care units and isolation/treatment centres in each of the 36 States plus FCT. We will also upgrade molecular laboratory facilities across the country and ensure that a COVID-19 testing centre is available in every state through the utilization of existing GeneXpert machines. The SGF said.
Boss Mustapha also said that the government has organized about 3300 informants through the WHO/polio program for house-to-house search and reporting of suspected COVID-19 cases as part of measures to tackle the rising case in Kano state.
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Furthermore, he said that PTF has been working closely with the Kano State Government and key stakeholders to identify the issues and seek immediate solutions, adding that a technical team of 41 staff from NCDC, supported by 17 staff from WHO has been assigned to provide technical assistance to Kano State Emergency Operations Centre (SEOC).
“A team of clinicians and public health experts under the auspices of the Federal Ministry of Health is also in Kano to provide training on case management and strengthen the capacity of the State to handle emergencies”. He said.
In a meeting with members of the House of Representatives during their plenary, Mustapha said the Federal Government will soon announce significant additional material and technical resources to complement the state government’s efforts in combating the pandemic in Kano.
He urged the lawmakers to support the activities of the task force, as they are working towards strengthening the country’s public health emergency preparedness through system building and infrastructure development.
He added that the government has also secured insurance cover for 5,000 frontline health workers while the government and health professionals have signed an MoU on the hazard allowance and other incentives.
”This scale-up of infrastructure will also require additional staff training and a review of existing manpower needs for the country’’. Mustapha said.