FCT minister inspects 5-floor 300 bed isolation facility
By Ben Adoga
The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, on Wednesday, inspected a five floor building, proposed for a 300 bed facility that can serve as an isolation and treatment facility for COVID-19 patients, should the need arise in the FCT.
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 center as required by the health authorities.
Bello, who was accompanied by senior officials of the FCTA said that “the most critical thing is that this place has a lot of space. 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 constant power supply and adequate water supply.”
Idu area of Abuja is designated industrial area, hence, served with good infrastructure like roads, power and running water. He however called on the relevant health authorities to further inspect the facility to determine its suitability, saying, “I leave it now for the officials of the Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and of course our public health officials. Jointly, they will decide what needs to be done here and we have a lot of commitment from the private sector organizations 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.”
Earlier, the Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretariat Dr Muhammed Kawu said the building was very adequate and can be converted into a 300 bed facility.
Also, the Director of Public Health, Dr Josephine Okechukwu said the structure was ideal and would serve the purpose as a treatment center. She said: “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 for now as a holding centre or a treatment centre if need be.
Recall that the Minister in his briefing recently promised a multiple health centre if the COVID 19 cases escalates.