The private sector-led Coalition Against COVID-19 has said it will soon begin to hand over isolation centres it built to state governments. Speaking on behalf of leaders of the coalition, Ms. Zouera Youssoufou who is chief executive officer of Aliko Dangote Foundation, also disclosed that it would start implementing training in the areas of infection prevention and control for healthcare personnel, who would work in containing community transmission of the deadly disease.
She said the training would start at first across four states (Kano, Rivers, Enugu, and Borno) and then extend to other states of the federation. She added that the isolation centres would be equipped with beddings, medical equipment, personal protective equipment and other tools needed for the treatment of coronavirus. Youssoufou said, “The first CACOVID isolation centres in Phase 1 are expected to be in Lagos, Kano, Rivers, Enugu, Federal Capital Territory and Borno, while Phase 2 covers 20 states in the six geopolitical zones.
“The second phase will see CACOVID-19 building isolation centres in Katsina, Ogun, Bayelsa, Anambra, Bauchi and Plateau states respectively.” She stated that the coalition would tap into the expertise of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency to organise a systematic training programme for all primary health workers “to help reduce the rate of community transmission of coronavirus in the country.”
Youssoufou added that it would engage the National Centre for Disease Control and other resource partners such as CHAI and DRASA to define scope of work and training curriculum for the health workers. She stated that CACOVID would soon commence distribution of food stuffs to the vulnerable during the period of lockdown throughout the country.