COVID-19: Lagos National Stadium transformed Into a 101-bed Isolation Centre

The Mobolaji Olufunsho Johnson Stadium in Onikan, Lagos has presently been transformered  into a 101-bed isolation centre for patients of the fast spreading killer pandemic Coronavirus, COVID-19.

As part of the urgent measures to contain the continuous spread, the Lagos state government has stepped up her strategies by transforming the National Stadium in Lagos into an isolation centre, a move that intended help the state prepare for worse scenarios.

The centre, first of its kind in Nigeria as at now helps prevent persons infected with Coronavirus from infecting others.

The initiative was hatched out of a partnership with private hospitals to devise guidelines for setting up and operating isolation centres, and scaling down the rising number of infected persons in Lagos and Nigeria at large.

The modern facility with the state-of-the-art equipment was conceived and built in collaboration with the management of Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBank).

The Managing Director of GTBank, Segun Agbaje, personally handed over the hospital facility to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, five days after the bank started the construction of the isolation and treatment centre.

COVID-19: President Buhari Exempts Financial Services

The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has permitted very little functioning of the financial system as a way to limit the spread of COVID-19 while keeping the economy seemingly alive.

According to some financial experts, the move is to “allow very skeletal operations in the financial system and money markets in order to keep the system in light operations during this time”.

The decision was a highlight of President Buhari’s nationwide address broadcast on Sunday, March 29th, 2020

In his speech, the Head of State announced restrictions in personal and vehicular movement in Lagos and Ogun States and Abuja to tackle the spread of the virus which had affected 111 persons as at March 29.

COVID-19: Nigerians Take The Fight In Their Hands

Nigerian business gurus, celebrities and persons of goodwill amongst many others have been chipping in their financial support to help the government in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic

Companies, financial institutions, corporate bodies, non-profit organisations and many others are also part of the support system to the government at these strange times.

Wealthy members of the private sector including Aliko Dangote, Femi Otedola, Abdulsamad Rabiu, Tony Elumelu, Herbert Wigwe and Segun Agbaje all contributed over 2 million US dollars to help support the government in curtailing the pandemic in Nigeria

The opposition member, Atiku Abubakar supported the fight with some 50 Million Niara

Recent statistics indicate that Nigeria has a total of one hundred and thirty-one cases of the COVID-19 while the African continent counts a total of 4981 cases as of this Monday, March 30, 2020

North African countries presently top the COVID-19 chart with Algeria harbouring the 511 patients alone

Benly Anchunda

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