By Festus Fifen.
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has unveiled a 506 bed space Isolation and Treatment Centre located at the Idu Railway Station, Abuja to help in the fight against the Covid-19 Pandemic within the seat of Power.
While Inaugrating the four storey building facility, the FCT Minister, Muhammad Musa Bello explained that it was a private sector intervention coordinated by the Ministerial Expert Advisory Committee on Covid-19 to contain the killer virus in the nation’s capital.
The minister who disclosed that FCT has enough bed spaces for those that might contract the virus in the FCT however warned residents to observe all protocols so that the pandemic does not escalate to make the available facilities inadequate for containment.
Musa Bello who said FCT Administration is working very hard to stop the escalation of Covid-19 pandemic in the territory, stressed that there would be strict enforcement of all protocols to control the spread of the disease and urged all the residents of the FCT to take the fight against Covid-19 as a personal fight for survival.
For the sake of emphasis, the minister said in addition to the provision of medical facilities, FCTA was also providing palliative items to the most vulnerable and poorest of the poor in the Territory to cushion the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on them.
In his words, “As you are aware in the last one week, all process of gradual easing of lockdown has commence in FCT. However, this has shown that the wider community is not very compliant with respect to social distancing and other protocols.
“So I want to use this opportunity based on what we have here and what we have at Asokoro Hospital as well as what we have at Karu General Hospital to say that we have enough redundancy of bed space but that should not make us to be complacent.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman, FCT Ministerial Expert Advisory Committee on Covid-19,
Dr Aliyu Modibbo urged Nigerians to be committed to the ongoing fight against the pandemic and assured that his team would not relax until Covid-19 was contained in the FCT and the country at large.
In his words, “At the inauguration of this Committee the FCT Minister charged us to mobilise human financial and material resources to augment and compliment what the FCTA is doing in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic
“In particular the Minister task us to takeover the unoccupied Railway School facility at Idu terminal to liaise with the FCTA to transform it into Covid-19 Isolation and Treatment centre within the shortest possible time”.
The brief handover ceremony was attended by the honourable minister of State for the FCT Dr. Ramatu Tijani Aliyu and other notable stakeholders within the Federal Capital Territory.