Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Isolation centers: FCT boast of 644 extra bed spaces

The Federal Capital Territory Administration said it currently has an excess of 644 unoccupied bed spaces in all the COVID-19 isolation and treatment centers across the territory. 
FCT Minister, Muhammad Bello, who disclosed this while commissioning an additional 506 bed spaces Covid-19 Isolation and Treatment Centre at the Idu Railway Station, explained that the FCT has about 1000 bed spaces to 356 Covid-19 patients.
Bello however warned residents to observe all protocols so that the pandemic does not escalate to make the available facilities inadequate for containment.
The Minister said FCT Administration is working very hard to stop the escalation of Covid-19 pandemic in the territory, stressing that there would be strict enforcement of all protocols to control the spread of the disease and urged all the residents of the FCT to take the fight against Covid-19 as a personal fight for survival.
He said in addition to the provision of medical facilities, FCTA was also providing palliative items to the most vulnerable and poorest of the poor in the Territory to cushion the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on them.
"As you are aware in the last one week all  process of gradual easing of lockdown has commence in FCT. However, this has shown that the wider community is not very compliant with respect to social distancing and other protocols.
"So I want to use this opportunity based on what we have here and what we have at Asokoro Hospital as well as what we have at Karu General Hospital to say that we have enough redundancy of bed space but that should not make us to be complacent.
"Because if we do not continue with what we are doing now with a lot of restrictions and compliance then if this thing get out of hand we may wake up and found that the facilities we have might not be enough," Bello warned.
Earlier, the Chairman, FCT Ministerial Expert Advisory Committee on Covid-19,
Dr Aliyu Modibbo, urged Nigerians to be committed to the ongoing fight against the pandemic and assured that his team would not relax until Covid-19 was contained in the FCT and the country at large.
"At the inauguration of this Committee the FCT Minister charged us to mobilise human financial and material resources to augment and compliment what the FCTA is doing in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic.
"In particular the Minister task us to takeover the unoccupied Railway School facility at Idu terminal to liaise with the FCTA to transform it into Covid-19 Isolation and Treatment centre within the shortest possible time", he said.
The newly inaugurated four storey building facility is a private sector intervention coordinated by the Ministerial Expert Advisory Committee on Covid-19 to contain the killer virus in the nation's capital.


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