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FCTA secures extra 332 bed facilities for COVID-19 emergencies

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By Ben Adoga

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has put in place provisions for additional 332 bed facilities in Gwagwalada Specialist Hospital and Karu General Hospital to attend to emergencies and symptoms of the dreaded coronavirus.

FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani-Aliyu, who disclosed this during an inspection of medical facilities in both Gwagwalada Specialist Hospital and Karu General Hospital, said provisions have been made for 32 bed spaces in Gwagwalada while that of Karu will accommodate 300 patients.

Aliyu stated that the plan to make provisions for additional bed spaces was not to instill fears on the residents of the territory, but a proactive measures to respond to any emergency, just as she called on residents to stay safe and observe all precautionary measures put in place by relevant authorities.

“We are here in Gwagwalada Specialist Hospital to see the facilities put in place for symptomatic patients of coronavirus. About 16 bed capacity is almost ready and we are setting up another 16 bed capacity, bringing the total to 32 bed spaces. They are all isolated cubicles. We had a donation of oxygen plant from NNPC. We will run the pipe immediately to supply the oxygen.

“Our preparedness is not to instill fear in the minds of the public, but the truth is that we have to be prepared because we are all witnesses to what is happening in other climes. There are more cases of symptomatic patients on ground and it is such patients that will be taken here. Therefore, the message is stay safe, stay alive,” she stated.

While in Karu General Hospital, the Minister gave the contractors handling the project 48 hours to put finishing touches to the facility. The Karu facility will accommodate 300 patients, she stated.

“This Karu facility will accommodate about 300 patients and we are here to inspect the facility and the level of preparedness. The contractors are about to commence work and to install the oxygen plant to ensure that there is enough oxygen supply for confirmed cases to be used. We are giving the contractors 48 hours to ensure that the job is done as scheduled or get the contract terminated,” she ordered.

She had previously participated in the fumigation of some markets in the FCT and sensitised traders on the need to close shop and stay safe.

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