Federal Government has said that it will be partnering with the Nigerian Institute of Architects, NIA, in redesigning and upgrading of isolation centers, testing laboratories and other healthcare facilities across the country.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation/Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19, Mr. Boss Mustapha, stated that the institute has also offered to provide free consultancy services in the remodeling of these infrastructures.
Mustapha called on other professional bodies to take cue of the initiative, as he urged state governments to save costs by taking advantage of the NIA offer.
According to him, “I am pleased to inform you that the Nigerian Institute of Architects has taken up this challenge and has in addition conveyed the commitment of members of the institute in all states of the Federation, to offer free Consultancy Services (design, remodeling, supervision etc) for COVID-19 related infrastructure such as isolation centres, test laboratories and upgrading of health facilities”
He noted that the PTF has become aware of the challenges associated with the management of isolation centres across the country, adding that the task force will also support the outcome of researches intended to find a cure for the virus.
He said, “These have manifested in the form of protests over welfare, abscondment from centres and loud complaints based on the assumption by persons under observation, that drugs must be administered.
“The first two are unhealthy developments capable of undermining the containment measures and putting the lives of care managers and frontline workers at risk. Similarly, persons in isolation are encouraged to follow the direction and inst
“For some time now, there have been claims of inventions and cures related to COVID-19. The PTF, as part of its mandate, remains supportive of and receptive to outcomes of research. It however finds it imperative to re-iterate its position on the need for such discoveries to undergo the scientific validation processes.
“The PTF is aware that the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Department, of the Federal Ministry of Health, has been evaluating such claims and forwarded some that have met the preliminary requirements to the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC to carry out the necessary procedures for listing”