The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), has converted the Zuba general hospital into isolation and treatment centre to accommodate more patients.
The FCT minister, Malam Muhammed Musa Bello, who made this known while addressing newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday , said the FCTA would work closely with the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital to expand the capacity of the current isolation and treatment centre to accommodate more patients by providing the essential facilities in order to better manage cases of infection.
He also announced that all gatherings in public parks, gardens, bars, night clubs, event and football viewing centres amongst others remain banned until further notice.
According to him: “COVID 19 as a full blown global pandemic has reached every comer of the world and Nigeria has not been spared with 40 confirmed cases in the country. The FCT has so far recorded seven confirmed cases and one fatality.
“An Emergency Response Team has been put in place to tackle COVID-19 in all ramifications in the FCT. It must however be mentioned that containing the virus still depends very heavily on personal choices.
“That is why it remains critical for every citizen to follow laid down health and safety protocols as established by the relevant health authorities.
“We cannot emphasise enough how dangerous this disease is and that is why the mandatory closure of all schools and restriction of gatherings of not more than 50 people was issued last week.”
“Shops in the markets and neighbourhood centres in the FCT are to be shut to traders except those who sell essential commodities and medicines. However, pharmacies and supermarkets and supermarkets selling essential products and bakeries are to remain open but abide by strictly by laid down measures,” he said.
Bello noted that workers from grade level 1-12 on essential duties were exempted from the stay-at-home policy while urging residents to monitor the news channels often as updates on the FCT’s response would be broadcast and published periodically.