COVID-19: FG sets up 38 oxygen production plants across Nigeria

COVID-19: FG sets up 38 oxygen production plants across Nigeria

- Government hospitals treating COVID-19 patients in Nigeria are running out of oxygen and the government has started making plans

- A total of 38 oxygen production plants are currently being set-up across the country to ensure there is no scarcity

- A tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari indicates that the government is addressing the situation

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President Muhammadu Buhari has announced that his administration is now setting up new oxygen production plants in 38 locations across Nigeria.

The president noted that the initiative is part of efforts to contain the second wave of COVID-19 which has witnessed a huge spike in infections in the last few days.

Buhari said the production plants will enhance the management of patients in need of oxygen across the country.

COVID-19: FG to set-up 38 oxygen production plants across Nigeria
President Buhari says he is aware of the oxygen shortage in Nigeria and the situation is being addressed. Photo credit: @MBuhari
Source: Twitter

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He added:

“I have equally approved funding for the rehabilitation of oxygen plants in 5 hospitals.”

The president's announcement was contained in a tweet from his official Twitter handle on Thursday, January 21. had earlier reported that the number of coronavirus patients requiring oxygen to survive has surged fivefold at one of the main hospitals in Lagos state.

Demand for oxygen increased to 350 six-litre cylinders per day from 70 cylinders at the Yaba Mainland Hospital - a major health facility for treating patients in Nigeria's commercial city.

The situation has triggered calls for authorities in Nigeria to quickly initiate plans for mass vaccination.

To reduce the rise in infections, the Lagos state government has extended its work from home order for civil servants on Grade Level 14 and below.

The information was announced via Twitter on Saturday, January 16 by the spokesman to the Lagos state governor, Gboyega Akosile.

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Akosile cited a circular by the Lagos state Head of Service, Muri Okunola as the source of the information.

Another big city in the south-south region of the country is already taking precautions as the Rivers government has directed civil servants on Grade Levels 1 to 13 not to come to work from Wednesday, January 20 following the spike in the second wave of COVID-19 infections in the state.

The government statement issued recently informed civil servants in the state that only those providing essential service should report to work.

Port Harcourt, Nigeria's largest oil-producing city is the capital of River state.

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