As part of efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the set up of 38 oxygen plants across the country.
One of each plant will be set up in all the states while Abuja and Lagos will have two plants each.
This was made known in a communiqué issued by the Nigerian Governors’ Forum on Wednesday.
The statement contained briefings from different representatives on different issues bordering on the workings of the country. This includes Boss Mustapha, the Secretary-General of the Federation and Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19.
Mr Mustapha had appeared before the Forum to give an update on the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Besides the plan to set up oxygens across the country, Mr Mustapha also said a supplementary budget had been submitted by the federal government to enable the country access additional vaccines for its citizens.
While he commended state governors for rising to the challenge of the time by providing exemplary leadership and resources to curb the impact of the pandemic, the SGF also called for continued action to maintain non-pharmaceutical interventions.
These interventions include enforcement of COVID-19 guidelines in public places and government institutions, heightened surveillance, risk communication, social mobilisation, testing and reporting of data, vaccination, as well as sustained clinical care for patients.
This new step to contain the virus comes amidst praises from experts who have hailed the nation’s efforts towards managing the pandemic.