President Buhari approves N6.45bn to set up oxygen plants for COVID patients

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved N6.45 billion for the setting up of gas plants in 38 locations nationwide to help in the treatment of COVID19 patients who need oxygen.

The Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, disclosed this at a national executive council meeting in Abuja on Thursday, January 21. She said the president approved the release of the funds for the production of oxygen as necessitated by the increased number of patients who need oxygen due to the surge in COVID infections in the country.

The development comes two days after Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, disclosed that the demand for oxygen at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba area of the state has risen from 70 to 350 cylinders per day.

The governor had said the upsurge of COVID19 cases necessitated an increase in the amount of oxygen for moderate to severe cases of admission in all the isolation centers in Lagos.