CHELSEA legend Didier Drogba has offered his hospital as a coronavirus treatment centre with Ivory Coast fearing a rise in cases.
The hospital is based in the Ivorian capital of Abidjan and opened in 2016.
It was named after former Ivory Coast footballer Laurent Pokou, who died aged 69, the same year the hospital opened.
National hero Drogba has since offered the building to help fight the killer disease.
Vincent Toh Bi Irie, the head of Abidjan’s regional council, thanked Drogba for the patriotic gesture.
He said: “We thank Drogba for this gift considered as an act of patriotism.”
The Ivorian government had recently announced 13 hospitals in Abidjan and 45 in the country will be used as COVID-19 treatment centres.
The first coronavirus case in Ivory Coast was reported on March 11.
Some 574 people have now been diagnosed with the virus and despite 85 recovering, five have passed away.
Drogba, 42, grew up in Abidjan and moved to France at the age of six to live with his uncle.
He moved to Chelsea in 2004 and initially left in 2012 after winning the Champions League, only to briefly return in 2014.
After stints with Shanghai Shenhua, Galatasaray and Montreal Impact, the striker then retired with Phoenix Rising in 2018.