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Nigeria Catholic Church offers centres to treat virus

Chris Ewokor

BBC News, Abuja

Patient gets tested at coronavirus testing centre in Maiduguri
Health workers testing people for coronavirus have been careful not to spread the virus

The Catholic Bishop Conference of Nigeria has offered all its health facilities across the country as isolation and treatment centres for coronavirus patients.

The Director of the Catholic Health Secretariat in Nigeria, Emmanuel Okechukwu, told the BBC that the church had more than 440 heath facilities and they were willing to allow them to be used for testing, isolation and treatment centres.

Nigeria has been struggling with bed spaces and has called for the donation of properties from organisations and individuals.

The head of the coronavirus response team in Nigeria, Boss Mustapha, has called on state governments to take advantage of the facilities.

Nigeria has 4,641 confirmed cases of coronavirus - though there are concerns regarding low levels of testing.