The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about some innovations in Nigeria, with the unveiling of the nation’s largest makeshift hospital.
Located in Abuja, the hospital is a renovation of the ThisDay Dome in Abuja, in response to the Nigerian Government’s request for help from the Chinese government.
Rebuilt by the China Civil Engineering and Construction Company, the treat centre was designed to accommodate 283 beds (including six intensive care unit beds) and can be expanded to 500 in future.
Explaining how it converted the entertainment centre into a hospital within 14 days, CCECC said on its Instagram page that: “On March 29, the Government of Nigeria came to us, hoping that we could help convert the ThisDay Dome into a COVID-19 Isolation and Treatment Centre in the shortest possible time while maintaining the highest quality. Protecting and saving lives is the first priority. Against all odds, our team acted immediately and made the project a complete success after 14 days of around-the-clock construction.
To stand closely together in navigating these tough times, the technical team, together with CCECC Nigeria Ltd., has been assisting in installation and testing of equipment such as ventilators and hemodialyzers in the Isolation and Treatment Centre for the use of Nigerians since May 2. It has also maintained communication with management personnel on the aspects of bed space and layout of functional areas, etc.
Together with our Nigerian friends, we can master this unprecedented challenge!”