Facebook Inc has announced that it would expand its Coronavirus Information Centre to 17 more countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including Nigeria.

Kojo Boakye, Facebook’s Head of Public Policy, Africa, who disclosed on Thursday, noted that the information centres form part of Facebook’s effort to help the global fight against the Coronavirus pandemic.

According to him, Facebook will be providing people with the latest news and information from trusted health authorities.

“The COVID-19 Information Centre features at the top of the news feed that provides a central place for people to get informed about the virus.

“It includes a real-time update from national health authorities; organisations such as the World Health Organisation; helpful articles, videos and posts about social distancing and preventing the spread of COVID-19.

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“Facebook users can opt in to follow the centre to get notifications and see updates in the news feed from official government health authorities, “Boakye said in a statement.

He also said that they had already launched the centre in South Africa and would now expand to the sub-Saharan Africa markets.

Countries include Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Gabon, Nigeria, Senegal, Seychelles, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Togo, Guinea, Kenya, Mali, and  Mauritania.