DAKAR, Senegal 

Former football star Didier Drogba has offered his hospital in his native Ivory Coast as a treatment center for novel coronavirus patients, local press reported over the weekend. 

The hospital, located in the city of Abidjan, is named after Ivory Coast footballer Laurent Pokou, who died in 2016.

The head of Abidjan’s regional council, Vincent Toh Bi Irie, thanked Drogba for the patriotic move and said the hospital will be very useful in the fight against the virus once it is functional.

The government recently announced that 13 hospitals in Abidjan and 45 in the country will be

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