Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha has asked corporate bodies and public-spirited individuals to take up the challenge of providing critical support infrastructure in the rural communities.
Mustapha who doubles as the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 made the appeal on Tuesday at the commissioning of the Thisday Dome treatment and Isolation centre in Abuja.
He said the appeal became necessary as Nigeria enters community transmission phase of the pandemic.
He said: “The COVID 19 pandemic has brought a reawakening to both Government and the Private Sector to collaborate in the injection of a much-needed investment into our health care system. The COVID-19 has totally overwhelmed even the best of health systems in the world and that serves all developing nations a powerful notice to wake up.
He added that the PTF advocates strongly that lessons to be drawn from COVID-19 should, therefore, revolve around development, future planning, consensus building, collaboration and partnerships.
“Government can not always do it alone. We must all be involved,” he stressed.
“As we continue to develop health infrastructure, the PTF also wishes to underscore its total commitment to research into a cure for the COVID-19 disease. We are actively encouraging all our institutes and researchers to step forward for a validation of their inventions, discoveries, etc that can help humanity bring this pandemic to a quick end. Again, we urge our corporate bodies to show sufficient interest in the areas of research and medicine.
Thisday Dome, a 300-bed facility with a 54gene laboratory, is a private sector-driven initiative donated by a consortium of like-minded partners powered by the Sahara Energy Group and the ThisDay Media and Technology Group. Other key players include the CA-COVID, the AFC, CCECC, NNPC and the CBN.
“I have been informed that this facility also has an intensive care unit for the treatment of the most severe cases of COVID 19. This would go a long way in providing care for the growing number of cases especially for levels 1 & 2 categories. I am also happy to note that this is one of the facilities into which care for persons living with disabilities who might get infected, has been incorporated,” the SGF added.