Bello Bala Shagari, the former President of National Youth Council of Nigeria, NYCN, has called on the federal and state governments to convert vacated boarding schools into quarantine centres for Coronavirus patients. This became necessary following the capacity of the disease to overwhelm existing health facilities.
Bello urged the governors not to wait until the disease escalates before heeding the call, and everyone should take the spread of coronavirus seriously by complying with the guidelines given by the Federal Government.
Some selected boarding school hostels can be equipped and be used for quarantining patients. “After all, it may also be an opportunity for such hostels to be renovated and upgraded for students use in the future.
This can be achieved with the funds already released by the Federal Government in respect of the pandemic. “There are no better facilities that can accommodate any influx of the coronavirus patients when the situation gets worst, even though we pray that it does not get out of hand.
“Leadership at all levels must be demonstrated and governments must take strategic steps to protect people and ensure that they do not starve during isolation.
This is a perfect time for people especially the wealthy people to be generous to the less privileged to enable them isolate themselves comfortably.