COVID-19: Reopen All Labs And Keep Isolation Centres Open, PTF Tells States

PTF Chairman, Mr Boss Mustapha, briefing reporters in Abuja on December 29, 2020.


Authorities in all 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have been asked to reopen all laboratories and scale up the testing for COVID-19.

The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha, made the appeal on Tuesday at a briefing in Abuja.

“We wish to urge all states to reopen all laboratories and ensure that testing is expanded and turnaround time for results is substantially reduced.

“In the same vein, states should please keep their Isolation and Treatment Centres open because of the rising cases of infection nationwide,” he told reporters at the briefing.

Nigeria has tested 937,712 samples, out of which 84,811 infections have been confirmed, 12,190 cases are active, 71,357 people have been discharged, and 1,264 fatalities recorded – as of 7pm on December 29, 2020.

This data is according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)’s micro-website dedicated to monitoring the outbreak in the country.

Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), added, “Reports received also point to the fact that laboratories recently established in the states are not working optimally.

“You will recall that we moved from two laboratories to about ninety (public and private) located in all states of the Federation. Their inability to function optimally has resulted in unacceptable levels of delay in receiving results and pressure on the national reference labs.”

A screenshot taken on December 29, 2020, shows Nigeria’s COVID-19 data.


He announced that effective from January 1, 2021, the passports of the first 100 passengers that have failed to take their post-arrival PCR test would be published in the national dailies.

According to the PTF chairman, the passports of the erring returning travellers will be suspended until June 2021, to serve as a deterrent.

On the issue of oxygen availability as critical to the success of managing the outbreak, he noted that a review of the chain for the supply of medical oxygen for facilities across the country was ongoing.

COVID-19: UCH Has Lost 18 Persons, Treated 159 Patients – Medical Director

A health worker is seen on a Personal Protective Equipment.



The University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan has lost 18 patients out of the 159 persons treated for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

UCH Chief Medical Director, Professor Jesse Otegbayo, disclosed this on Friday.

Speaking during the commissioning of a new isolation centre at the hospital, Otegbayo said the facility has treated patients with severe COVID-19 cases, adding that others have underlying health conditions.

While being optimistic that the centre will go a long way in the onslaught against the pandemic, the CMD asked well-meaning Nigerians to emulate this gesture to reduce the burden of care on the government.

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He also disclosed that the new Department for Infectious Diseases at the hospital is underway, adding that it will boost the UCH’s efforts in effectively handling diseases.

On his part, Governor Seyi Makinde who was represented by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Bashir Bello expressed gratitude to UCH management for their support at reducing mortality and morbidity as a result of COVID-19 in the state.

The 20-bed isolation centre donated to the hospital was facilitated by the UCH Health Foundation to help in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

The facility which used to be the Tuberculosis Centre has now been upgraded to a standard Infectious Disease Centre, making it the 2nd in Oyo State.

Ogun Govt Denies Death Of 25-Year-Old In Isolation Centre

A health worker helps his colleague with his PPE during a community testing as part of efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV



The Ogun State Government has denied the video of a 25-year old young man who purportedly died at an isolation centre in the state.

In a statement on Monday, the Commissioner for Health in Ogun, Dr Tomi Coker, condemned the reckless act of filming a dying patient.

She, however, stressed that there was no 25-year-old male admitted into any of the isolation centres in the state.

Coker added that the arrangement in the state wards was spacious enough to meet the social distancing regulation stipulated by the World Health Organisation (WHO), contrary to the space displayed in the said video.

She explained that the logo of a commercial bank on the cabinet showing that it was donated by the said bank was proof that the place in question was not in Ogun State.

The commissioner insisted that no single COVID-19 relief item was donated to the state by the bank, adding that the inscription on the wall of the background does not tally with any of the numerous encouraging wall inscriptions in Ogun State wards.

She said none of the isolation centres in Ogun was painted in the colour shown in the footage and described the action as disheartening.

“It is unfortunate that anyone would take delight in filming a dying patient rather than assist as the footage suggests,” Coker stated.

She also condemned another picture showing health workers in the state wearing bin bags as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

“All our health facilities are provided with appropriate PPE,” said the commissioner who assured the health workers that their well-being and safety remain a priority to the Dapo Abiodun administration.

One COVID-19 Patient Escapes From Isolation Centre In Taraba

Map of Taraba


One out of the eight persons confirmed to be positive to the coronavirus in Taraba State has escaped from the NYSC Isolation Centre.

The Chairman of the Taraba State Technical committee on COVID 19, Innocent Vakkai, disclosed this while briefing journalists in the state capital, Jalingo on Saturday.


He identified the patient at large as Talatu Idris, noting, however, that efforts are in top gear to find her.

Meanwhile, Vakkai stated that the government has procured two additional ventilators to assist in the treatment of patients.

On the repatriation of Almajiris in the state, he insists that those that test positive to the virus will be isolated before repatriation, while those that turn out to be negative will be repatriated to their states of origin.

COVID-19: Lagos Gov Sanwo-Olu Commissions 118-Bed Isolation Centre


The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Friday, commissioned a 118-bed COVID-19 isolation and treatment centre at the Gbagada General Hospital.

In a series of tweets on its official handle, the Lagos State Ministry of Health said the isolation and treatment centre will be manned by health workers highly skilled in infection prevention and control.

While speaking during the commissioning, Governor Sanwo-Olu lauded the handling of the project and hailed the State’s Ministry of Health for a great job.

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He said the project is a world-class isolation centre and will be useful to the state in the fight against COVID-19.

As of Friday afternoon, May 1 2020, Lagos has 976 COVID-19 infections with 756 of them active, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

Of the infected people, 199 have been discharged with 21 deaths, however, recorded.

PHOTOS: More Isolation Centres For COVID-19 Patients Open In Abuja

A photo showing a building to be used for an isolation centre in Abuja. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.


As the Federal Government scales up efforts to curb the spread of the COVID-19, more isolation centres are being launched across states in the country, especially those that have been most hit by the pandemic.

The latest is at the Asokoro General Hospital in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja which is now ready to admit any patient from April 10, 2020.

According to the FCT Minister, Muhammad Bello, the facility can accommodate at least 500 bed spaces.

He appealed to residents to obey the President’s lockdown order to curtail the spread of the virus in the city.

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FCT Minister, Muhammad Bello, inspects an isolation centre in Abuja on April 7, 2020. Photos: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.


Man Who Tested Positive After Attending AMVCA Shares Experience From Isolation Centre


A man who was recently diagnosed with COVID-19 after attending the AMVCA, has taken to social media to help give hope to many and inform people about the deadly pandemic.

The man who on Instagram goes by the username, special Nigerian, seems to have found a way to alleviate fears and cheer himself and others who are with him in the Isolation Centre in Lagos.

In a post on Instagram, @specialnigerian could be seen relaxing with other victims, speaking about the way and manner in which the Lagos State has handled the crisis so far, highlighting their experience at the centre.

Also in another clip, the victims can be seen dancing and holding notes aimed at enlightening the public on the importance of social distancing and other practices that would help in the fight against COVID-19.

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[PHOTOS] COVID-19: Lagos Gets New 110-Bed Isolation Centre


The Lagos State Government has taken delivery of a new isolation and treatment centre as additional measures to handle the coronavirus pandemic.

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Temporary Coronavirus Isolation Centre Really Not In Good Shape – Senate President


Senate President Ahmed Lawan has lamented that the temporary coronavirus isolation centre in the nation’s capital, Abuja, is not in good shape.

He said this on Wednesday while addressing journalists after an inspection of the facility at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada.

The Senate President further lamented that the sum of N620 million which had been budgeted to set up the centre was yet to be released.

“We are going to get across to the Minister of Finance and all the other authorities who have anything to do with this, to release this money between today and tomorrow (Thursday) latest,” he said.

According to him, nobody should be found wanting whether or not there are any cases of the coronavirus.


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He, therefore, described the situation as unacceptable, noting that the centre has to be fixed within the fastest time possible.

“There is no way that Nigeria, the largest economy in Africa with a population of 200 million, yet in the Federal Capital and the surrounding states – six of the north-central, you don’t have one room that you can call an isolation centre where anyone who unfortunately falls into this crisis would be taken to.

“This is not acceptable,” Lawan stressed.

Kaduna Residents Kick Against Proposed Ebola Isolation Centre

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Ebola Scares Residents

The Fear of contracting the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has prompted residents of Down quarters of Kakuri community in Kaduna South Local Government Area of Kaduna State to stage a peaceful protest on Wednesday against the siting of a containment centre for the disease in the area by the state government.

Their protest came, even as the State government had already converted an abandoned Primary Health Centre in the area into an emergency centre for Ebola disease and had begun putting up structures for that purpose.

The village head of the community, Danjuma Musa, expressed the anxiety of the community over the siting of the Ebola centre in the community.

To justify the apprehension of his people about the proposed Ebola centre, the village head pointed out that the proposed centre was located in a high density area.

“The health facility is also located very close to a big market, a railway station and residential areas made up of women and children among others”.

Although there was no confirmed case of the virus infection in Kaduna State, the fear of the community in allowing the government to site the isolation centre very close to residents is hinged on the mode of transmission of the disease.

The largely rural community, which is about five kilometres from the city centre has not known any peace since the intention of the government was made public about two weeks ago.

According to the residents, bringing Ebola centre to such a crowded area will amount to mass murder, as many of them will likely contract the disease. They are appealing to the state government to relocate the proposed centre to a more isolated place where nobody is living.

Ebola Virus Is Not Airborne, Commissioner Insists

The Commissioner For Special Duties, Lagos State, Wale Ahmed has dispelled the notion that the use of face masks prevents the contraction of the ebola virus disease , saying that the disease is not airborne.

He also noted that the Ebola virus cannot be contracted by someone who has just had the symptoms but can be contracted by someone who is visibly sick. “It cannot be transmitted during its incubation period which is between 2-21 days.

Referring to the recent case of a nurse that had contact with the late Patrick Sawyer and escaped to Enugu, but has been brought back to Lagos, the commissioner said that the nurse was not under the care of the isolation centre at Infectious Disease Hospital, rather a  controlled environment;” we have beefed up security with the help of some foreign healthcare workers who have advised on the amendments to be taken in order to prevent such action” mr. ahmed said.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, the commissioner acknowledged that certain preventive measures should have been taken at the time the late Patrick Sawyer was at the airport, “If the airport health facilities were working properly Mr. Sawyer shouldn’t have been allowed to leave the airport” he added.

He also added that most of the facilities used at these isolation wards is what has been kept for a later use but had to be used due to the spread of the virus in Lagos.

The Commissioner mentioned that presently there are over 200 people under surveillance both in primary and secondary contact.

He said that primary contact are put under quarantine and are about 200 while the secondary contact are put under observation with people watching over them to check if there is an increase in temperature.