A private school, The Regent School, Abuja, has donated 180 beds and mattresses to a COVID-19 isolation centre set up at the THISDAY Dome in Abuja.
The isolation centre was donated by Nduka Obaigbena, publisher of THISDAY Newspaper.
The management of The Regent School inspected work at the centre, which was nearing completion, on Thursday.
Vice Principal of the school, Mr Olusegun Akiola, explained that the donation was in line with the school’s tradition of “giving back to the society.”
“After the Federal Government reached out to corporate organisations for support, the school decided to make a donation to the centre.
“We were told that there would be need for beds so the board of the school donated 180 beds and mattresses,” Akiola said.
The school said the beds were from its hostels, and new beds are to be purchased to replace those donated to the centre.
“It is not about the cost, it is about giving back to the society,” Akiola added, noting that the school would make further contributions to the campaign to rid Nigeria of COVID -19 whenever the need arose.
Proprietress of Regent School, Mrs Amsa AbdulRazaq, said, “We must all do all we can to support efforts of the government in fighting COVID-19.
“We are one humanity; we must look out for each other. This is what we teach our students, to grow up to be responsible citizens,” she said.
The Medical Adviser and Coordinator of the isolation centre, Dr Peter Nmadu, disclosed that the Presidential Task force on COVID -19 had visited the facility, which he said had the capacity to accommodate 300 patients.
Nmadu explained that, although the centre was originally conceived as a facility where patients with milder symptoms of the coronavirus disease would be treated, an Intensive Care Unit was provided to handle emergency situations.
Sahara Foundation is also involved in the establishment of the isolation centre, which will be commissioned and handed over to the Presidential Task force on COVID-19 on Tuesday, May 12.
culled from Punch