By Stanley Onyekwere
The Acting Secretary of the Health and Human Services Secretariat of the FCT Administration, Dr. Mohammed Kawu has said the Idu COVID-19 treatment and Isolation centre is still functional and receiving patients.
Kawu said the FCT Administration has no intention to close down the Idu centre for now until all necessary parameters have been put in place, adding that COVID 19 is still prevalent and FCTA cannot take chances.
He made the clarification against the backdrop of a purported report published in the online edition of one of the national dailies last week’s Friday, that the FCTA has not closed the Idu COVID-19 centre.
According to him, while it is true that the FCTA has closed down some isolation centres following a reduction in the number of hospitalised patients recently, Idu centre is still functional and receiving patients.
“We only closed down two isolation centres, the Asokoro and Karu general hospitals which were earlier converted to isolation centres but have now been returned to their original use”.
“But the Idu Isolation centre which is a 500-bed facility is still opened and managing COVID 19 patients.”
Kawu who noted that there has been a significant drop in the number of people coming down with the disease in the FCT, however, appealed to residents to continue with the observation of the non-pharmacological preventive measures of washing of hands with soap and water or hand sanitizers, wearing of face mask , physical/social distancing and avoiding large gatherings.