Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has commenced the construction of a 200-bed Infectious Disease Hospital in 12 states of the federation.
At the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of the hospital in Kaita Local Government Area of Katsina State, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha said the project was under the Oil and Gas Intervention Initiative on COVID-19.
The SGF who heads the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 explained that the aim of establishing two infectious diseases hospitals in each Geo-political zone of the country was to enhance the country’s preparedness to respond to disease outbreaks such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
Represented by the Minister of State for Health, Mr. Adeleke Mamora who is also a member of the committee, the SGF explained that in the North-west zone, the infectious diseases hospitals will be built in Kano and Katsina states.
In his speech at the occasion, the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, said the project which will be fully funded by the corporation, was scheduled for completion within 18 months.
He said the N21 billion project, when completed, will provide medical services that includes diagnosis as well as consumables and logistics to cater for people of the North-west zone.
Earlier, Katsina State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Mannir Yakubu, who said the construction of the infectious disease hospital will complement the 160-bed COVID-19 isolation centre constructed by the state government urged the NNPC to equip the infectious diseases hospital with a testing laboratory for prompt testing of infectious diseases.