Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) advises Federal Government to convert COVID-19 pandemic isolations centres to Emergency Infectious Disease Centres for future outbreaks.
Written by News Room on March 6, 2022
The Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) has advised the Federal Government to convert the COVID-19 pandemic isolations centres across the country to Emergency Infectious Disease Centres for future outbreaks.
The Chief Executive Officer of the institute, Dr Patrick Dakum, gave the advice in Abuja during an interactive session with Newsmen in Abuja on Sunday.
Dakum, therefore, said such centres could be converted to function as high-level isolation units for any infectious diseases even when COVID-19 was over.
He explained that the GeneXpert machines were used in the country for tuberculosis detection but more were procured and developed to be used for both tuberculosis and COVID-19 across the country.
Dakum also advised that now that the country has a team for creating awareness on the COVID-19 pandemic, the team can also create awareness on other diseases.
Reports say that an isolation unit ensures that healthcare staff and the centres are equipped to deal with infectious disease outbreaks.