The Federal Capital Territory Administration on Tuesday said it would convert the Zuba General Hospital to an isolation and treatment centre to accommodate more patients should the need arise.
The Minister of the FCT, Muhammad Bello stated this at a press briefing in Abuja, adding that the FCT administration would also work with the management of the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada to expand the current isolation and treatment centre to accommodate more patients by providing essential facilities.
The minister, who also asked workers at Grade level 1 to 12 to stay at home as part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus, ordered the immediate closure of shops in the markets and neighbourhood centres, except those selling food items and other essential commodities.
Bello equally ordered the immediate closure of churches and mosques.
Bello said: “Shops in the markets and neighbourhood centres in the FCT are to be shut to traders except those who sell essential commodities and medicines. However, pharmacies and supermarkets selling essential products and bakeries are to remain open but abide strictly by laid down measures.”
The minister, who noted that the FCTA had raised an emergency response team to tackle the spread, explained that containing the virus depended largely on personal choices.
Speaking at the press briefing, The FCT Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma, promised that security agencies would enforce the order restricting gathering to not more than 50 persons in churches and mosques.