The House of Representatives on Tuesday resolved to call on the Federal Ministry of Education to immediately make available, the now-vacated hostels of federal government colleges across the country, for use as emergency care centres and isolation units by the Federal Ministry of Health and the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to contain the novel Coronavirus.
The house made the resolution after debate on a motion of urgent public importance on the need for the federal government to adopt emergency measures to protect the people and economy of Nigeria from the dire consequences of a widespread outbreak of the virus, also known as COVID – 19 amongst the population.
The green chambers said the resolution was necessary because of the rising cases of the virus which may make the facilities available for the management of high numbers of people requiring treatment from the virus.
The motion was sponsored by Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, Representatives Ahmed Wase, Alhassan Ado Garba, Peter Akpatason, Mohammed Tahir Monguno, Nkiruka Onyeajocha, Ndudi Godwin Elumelu, Toby Okechukwu, Gideon Gwani Lucas and Adesegun Adekoya Abdul Majid.
Recall that NCDC on Monday in an interview with this paper, said the country does not have isolation centres for travelers entering the country because it would be impossible to have such facility, adding that the centre had put in place a quarantine facility at Gwagwalada where those infected would be isolated and treated.