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COVID19:Private Sector Partners FCT Administration

By Niyi Maraiyesa

THE FCT Administration and private sector will in the coming days make available 600 beds in various treatment and isolation centers across the FCT for the fight against COVID-19.

This was made known at a ministerial press briefing held by the Minister of the FCT Muhammad Musa Bello in conjunction with the Ministerial Advisory Committee on COVID-19 under the chairmanship of the former minister of the FCT, Dr Aliyu Modibbo Umar.

Bello revealed that based on medical expert advice, the Asokoro Hospital has been fully converted into an isolation and treatment center of coronavirus and can accommodate up to 100 patients inclusive of those that will require intensive care treatment.

The Asokoro Isolation and Treatment Center is due to be opened on Friday, 10th April. On the Idu Isolation center, the Minister said that the facility can accommodate up to 300 beds and he expressed the appreciation of the FCTA to Polaris Bank for provision of 100 beds and Fola Adeola of the FATE Foundation for the provision of 50 beds and other items such as monitors and PPEs.

On the Palliative the Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu revealed that 600,000 households of 100,000 each from each Area Council will benefit. Aliyu said a monitoring team made up of civil society organisations, religious and traditional rulers, youth and women groups are on ground to ensure an equitable distribution of the palliatives. She said that the distribution will be carried out through a door to door mechanism to prevent overcrowding.

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