- The minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has announced a measure to curb the spread of coronavirus in the nation's capital
- Muhammad Musa Bello, on Tuesday, March 24, disclosed that the Zuba General Hospital would be converted to an isolation centre
- Bello noted that the administration is working hard to expand the capacity of the isolation and treatment centre
As part of measures taken to control coronavirus in the country, Muhammad Musa Bello, the minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Tuesday, March 24, said the Zuba General Hospital would be converted to an isolation centre.
According to Daily Trust, Bello revealed the news while addressing newsmen in the nation's capital. He said the administration is working to expand the capacity of the Gwagwalada isolation and treatment centre with the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital.
This is coming a day after the FCT minister imposed a partial lockdown on Abuja. Bello also directed all civil servants of the FCT on grade level downwards to stay away from work until further notice.
However, he explained that medical, environmental and security operations are exempted from the ban which affects social gatherings like parks, gardens, event centres, night clubs, bars, football viewing centres.
The FCT minister while reiterating that the ban on social gatherings of more than 50 persons was still in force urged the residents to remain calm and not panic buy as markets would still open to sell food and essential goods.
He said: “Shops in the markets and neighbourhood centres in the FCT are to be shut to customers except those who sell essential commodities and medicines. However, pharmacies and supermarkets selling essential products and bakeries are to remain open but they should adhere strictly to laid down measures.”
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The centre is located at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH), Gwagwalada, in the outskirts of the FCT. Kyari will now commence treatment in the facility under the watchful eyes of doctors.
Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture, at a news conference in Abuja, described the report as fake. He also refuted the claim that Nigeria was waiting for money from the World Health Organisation (WHO) before taking drastic measures against the deadly virus.
In a related development, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo may have gone into self-isolation after Abba Kyari, chief of staff to the president tested positive to the viral disease.
Osinbajo sat close to Kyari at the last Federal Executive Council meetings held in the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa.
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