COVID-19: FCT Shuts Two Isolation Centres Due To Reduction In Cases

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has shut two of the four isolation centres that cater for COVID-19 patients in Abuja.

Officials say the closure was as a result of reduction in number of patients.

The shut isolation centres are located inside Karu and Asokoro general hospitals. Only the treatment centres in Idu and THISDAY Dome are still open to cater for COVID-19 patients in Abuja.

The acting secretary, Health and Human Services Secretariat, FCTA, Mohammed Kawu, said the centres were not purposely built as COVID-19 treatment centres, hence the need to convert them to their initial purpose.

“We officially converted both centres to conventional hospitals on August 24, 2020, because the number of COVID-19 patients is tremendously low,” Kawu told PREMIUM TIMES on the phone.

The 500-bed capacity facility in Idu used to be an unoccupied railway school facility at the Abuja-Kaduna railway terminal at Idu. But it was converted to an isolation centre at the onset of COVID-19 in Nigeria.

“THIS DAY Dome also has a 300-bed capacity, which is enough to cater for patients in the Nigerian capital. Both centres were intentionally built as isolation centres,” the official was quoted as saying.

In recent weeks, the 36 states in the country, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), have recorded a significant reduction in the number of daily infections.

But health authorities, including the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, and the Director-General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, have continuously warned against relaxing, noting that low testing has been mainly responsible for the decline in cases.

As of Saturday night, Abuja had recorded a total of 5,644 cases of COVID-19, second only to Lagos.

However, 4,958 patients have recovered while 609 are still on admission. About 77 patients have died.

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