Nigeria’s Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has urged the Federal Government to set up more standard isolation centers across Nigeria to check the likely spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.
He revealed this recently at a meeting with the Health Minister and officials of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) at the National Assembly, Complex.
According to him, Ahmed Lawan revealed that an establishment of standard centres in at least the six geopolitical zones is highly required.
He added that, right now, only Lagos State has a standard and functioning centre, and that should never be the case.
His words, “We need to do something pragmatic. The building in Gwagwalada is not completed so we have a temporary centre and the temporary centre is not a standard centre.
“God forbid if something happens in Abuja, Nasarawa, Niger or Kogi because they don’t have isolation centres what do we do.
“Some states provide response centres. I imagine we should have the standard set by the Federal Ministry of Health for the centre for disease control rather than states doing whatever they think they should do.
“For now I think only Lagos has a standard and functioning centre.
“The one in Gwagwalada is not ready, the one in Kano is not ready, that is my understanding.
“I think we need to step up because this is an emergency we should do whatever it is to provide the centres, to make them functional should there be any need.
“If there is no need, that expenditure is not in vain we have done it in the interest of our people.”