The Nigerian government includes requirements that must be met by private hospitals to receive accreditation for the care of patients with Coronavirus.
However, the government has stated that there are currently no accredited private hospitals for COVID-19 care in the country.
Minister of Health Dr. Osagie Ehanire said this in Abuja on Friday during a press conference from the COVID-19 Presidential Task Force.
“Lagos is looking at some hospitals for treating Coronavirus. Private hospitals must show that they have the staff – doctors and nurses that must be infectious disease specialists and are trained in infection and control protocols. The hospital must also have cleaners who are trained, “he said.
“The hospital must also be properly delineated as it is in clean and not dirty area. There is no hospital that I know that has met the criteria in the country at the moment.
“Treating of private patients is not allowed because the risk is very high. If the treatment of patients gets complicated, before you rush them to the accredited hospital, it will be too late for the person. So, the earlier they begin their treatment in an accredited and certified hospital, the better it is.”