Catholic Church offers FG all its hospitals as isolation centres

Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie, a leader of the church

The Federal Government has said that the Catholic Church in Nigeria has offered all its over 400 hospitals in Nigeria as isolation centres.

This was revealed on Monday by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.

This came at a time Pastor Tunde Bakare of the Latter Rain Assembly called on christian leaders to donate their churches as isolation centre.

Mustapha said:
The federal government has announced that the Catholic Church in Nigeria has offered its 425 hospitals and clinics nationwide as isolation centres for Coronavirus patients.

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Boss Mustapha

Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha who is also the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 made the announcement on Monday May 11. He further revealed that the increased cases of Coronavirus across the country is due to the increased testing capacity in Nigeria.

“During the first week, the country generally recorded high cases. This is attributable to our expanded capacity for testing with the opening up of more testing centres and laboratories. As at today, there are 21 laboratories nationwide including private laboratories.

“We have encouraged states to have at least 300-bed isolation centres including intensive care units. However, with the increase in cases, we have begun to experience some shortages of bed spaces in the isolation centres.

“As part of efforts to support the states in the establishment of isolation and treatment centres, I wish to remind our state governors that the Catholic Bishops’ Conference has offered and volunteered all the 425 hospitals and clinics that belong to the Catholic Mission nationwide for adaptation and use as isolation centres. Governors are encouraged to approach Catholic Bishops and Arch-Bishops in their states to access these facilities.”

Although pastors such as bishop David Oyedepo and Chris Oyakhilome have stirred up controversy as they called for the opening of churches, many churches have donated palliatives in different parts of the country.

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