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Govt converts Women Development Centre to COVID-19 isolation centre

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), announced on Monday that it had converted National Centre for Women Development to an isolation centre for the management of COVID-19 patients.

This was disclosed by the Minister of State, FCT, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, when she inspected the centre on Monday in Abuja.

According to Aliyu, the centre had the capacity to accommodate over 160-bed space with catering services for an efficient, effective and impactful response to the pandemic.

“This centre has a very large hall of about 100-bed capacity and we also have about 60 suites in the centre.

“This gives you a total of 160-bed spaces. This tells you how much we can accommodate in case we have increase in the number of patients to be isolated,” Aliyu said.

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She revealed that the FCT Administration (FCTA) had carried out decontamination of the infectious disease centre to guard against the COVID-19 spread.

“We are here at the National Centre for Women Development to fumigate the premises completely, not only to check COVID-19 spread, but to also check insects and rodents.

“We are not praying that there should be an increase in the number of cases, but should be ready to accommodate them and we are ready,” Aliyu said.

In her response, the Director-General of the centre, Mary Ekpere-Eta, assured the minister that besides the 160-bed space, the centre classrooms could also be converted to accommodate additional 300 patients.

She also disclosed that the centre has two industrial kitchens capable of catering for the patients.

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