The FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Bello on Wednesday in Abuja inspected a five storey building that could serve as an isolation and treatment facility for Covid-19 patients.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the building which is located at the Idu area of the FCT is a new training facility that can be modified to suit the purposes of a treatment and isolation centre as required by the health authorities.
Bello said that the building could be ideal as an isolation and treatment facility, adding that the structure have enough space.
The minister said that the FCT administration was making concerted efforts to curtail the spread of the virus, adding that multiple health centers were being prepared in case there was a surge in the spread of the disease
” We are talking of five floors. I don’t think the whole of Abuja will have a hospital facility that can accommodate up to five floors.
” More importantly, there is power here constantly, and there is adequate water supply, ” the minister said.
Bello, however, said that the relevant health authorities would further inspect the facility to determine its suitability.
“ I will leave it now for the officials of the Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and of course our public health officials to decide.
” Jointly, they will decide what needs to be done here and we have a lot of commitment from the private sector organisations who are willing to support the national efforts to fight this disease.
” Once they all agree, I’m sure that within a very short period of time, this place can be made functional,” he said.
Responding, the Acting Secretary, FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat, Dr Muhammed Kawu, said the building was very adequate and could be converted into a 300-bed facility.
On her part, the Director, FCT Public Health, Dr Josephine Okechukwu, said the structure was ideal and would serve the purpose as a treatment centre.
” This is a perfect place that we have been looking for and it’s quite good. It’s a new structure with so many available rooms that we can fix up for now as a holding centre or a treatment centre if need be,” she said.
Edited By: Angela Okisor/Sadiya Hamza