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Published On: Tue, Aug 12th, 2014

FCT minister designates Kuje General Hospital Ebola centre

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By Doyin Ojosipe with agency report

The FCT Minister, Bala Mohammed has named the General Hospital in Kuje Area Council as an Isolation Centre for Ebola infected persons.

Speaking at a stakeholder’s interactive forum on Monday, he explained that the hospital was chosen because it would be easy for the people of Abuja to access it.

He said a ward would be designated in the hospital where the Ebola patients could be quarantined and be on surveillance, among others.

He added that adequate infrastructure and equipment would be put in place to manage affected persons and guard against the spread of the virus.

In his words, “All precautionary measures have been put in place to ensure that the designation of the ward will not endanger the health workers and residents of Kuje.”

“The hospital is the only option for us to isolate as a centre for Ebola patients; Gwagwalada hospital that is for FCT has been taken from us, we have no other option than to use it. We will put all infrastructure needed in place to avoid its spread; doctors will be given adequate training and best way to curtail the disease from spreading”, he said.

Meanwhile the Kuje Area Council Chairman, Shabal Tete has said, the designation of the hospital as Ebola centre was not a welcome development to the people of the area, as he explained that most of the people living in the area are not literate.

The Minister has however instructed the chairman of the council to sensitize his constituents, rather than trying to prevent the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, and Administration from using the hospital.

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