By Chidinma Chukwu, Abuja.

The Federal Capital Territory Administration have received a 506 bed spaces covid-19 isolation and treatment centre from the FCT Abuja Ministerial Expert Advisory Committee on covid-19.

The FCT Ministerial Expert Advisory Committee on Covid-19 was constituted to advice the FCT minister on strategic response in terms of medical, logistics, public engagement and palliatives with the view of complementing the existing structures already put in place by the FCTA in fighting the pandemic under the guidance and leadership of the FCT administration.

The facility which is the biggest in the FCT is located at Idu in Abuja.
Features in the facility include,  Ventilators, air-conditioner, showers and toilet, 24 hours power supply, mobile x-rays and ultra sound machines.
Others are Ambulances, security, Refrigerator, TV and Cable Incinerator, Catering, CCTV among others.
Inspecting the Facility, the Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Muhammed Musa Bello, said the idea of the facility is occasioned by the increase in the Covid-19 recorded cases in the FCT and the country at large.
He affirm that FCT is committed to containing the spread of the virus considering the measure already in place especially with the help of the committee. The Minister added that all hands must be on deck to ensure that the pandemic is eradicated completely from the FCT.
“With the assistance of the commitee, FCT to a large extent have been able to contain the virus with a lot of community based testing.
“As at yesterday 10th may the FCT had recorded about 356 positive cases out of which 53 patients have been discharged and we recorded 6 deaths.
“Our hope is that this shouldn’t escalate beyond this level and for that to happen we have to all work very hard and together to ensure that all the protocols established with respect to health and security matters regarding Covid-19 are adhered to”.
According to the Minister, with the gradual easing of lockdown in the FCT,  residents are still not complying with the rules of social distancing and other preventive measures.
Mohammed however warned that the redundant bed spaces in the different facilities in the FCT might be filled with Covid-19 patients if all the preventive measures are not adhered to
“As you are aware for the last one week, a gradual process of easing of lockdown had commenced in the FCT but our experience has shown that the wider community up till now is not very compliant with respect to social distancing.
“So i want to use this opportunity to say that with what we have here and what we have at Asokoro district hospital and the Karu general hospital and other facilities been provided by other well meaning organisation, we could say yes, we have enough redundancy of bed spaces but that should not make us to be complacent because if we do not continue the way we are doing now with a lot of restriction and a lot of compliance, if this thing get out of hand, even though we are now boasting of a 1000 bed spaces in the FCT, we may just wake up and realise that they are not enough”.
“For every citizen of the FCT, we have to take this fight as a personal fight for survival and this is my message to the territory.
Aside the provision of medical facilities, other donations which include foodstuffs, personal protective equipment PPEs, washing facilities and sanitizers were received through the committee.
He however commended essential workers like the frontline medical personnel, journalists, drivers among others for their contributions in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
”We feel highly delighted and extremely proud that our brothers and sisters who are residents of the FCT, who have served this country in various capacity in the past and still continue to serve have agreed to come jointly together to help us support this fight”.
Also, the Chairman of the FCT Ministerial Expert  Advisory Committee on Covid-19, Aliyu Modibbo Umar commended the various individuals and private institutions for their donation of  equipment to making the facility a reality.
He stressed that Covid-19 is real and urged all Nigerians to join hands in the fight against the pandemic.
The various equipments in the facility were donated by individuals from the private sector and volunteers.
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