21 December 2020 By Remi Johnson
The Federal Capital Territory Administration FCTA says it tested 86,505 persons for COVID-19 and recorded 8338 confirmed positive cases as at Dec. 11, 2020.
Acting Secretary, FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat,Dr Mohammed Kawu, made this known at the end of the year news conference in Abuja.
Dr Kawu explained that as part of efforts to ensure effective healthcare, FCTA established seven isolation and treatment centres with 920 total bed capacity including ICU facilities, exceeding the 300 bed capacity recommended for States by the PTF.
The Acting Secretary added that the FCTA also activated surveillance system at entry points and screened over 52,161 Passengers of Interest (POIs) out of which 320 (0.6 per cent) were positive.
He further stated that the Secretariat had started 10 different scientific research on COVID-19 including randomized clinical trials on drugs effectiveness and management of the virus myinfection.
According to Dr Kawu, FCT in partnership with the World Health Organization established Measles, Rubella and Yellow Fever reference laboratory in Maitama District Hospital which serves the entire North Central Zone of the Country.
The Acting Secretary , called for more funds to enable the Secretariat , plan, implement and manage effectively the FCT healthcare sector.
On upgrade of Health facilities, Dr Kawu said Wuse, Asokoro, Maitama,Kubwa, Gwarinpa,Bwari ,Nyanya and Karshi hospitals had been upgraded to an Electronic Medical Record System, while that of Kwali and Kuje are in the pipeline among others.
On challenges, Dr Kawu, who decried over dependence on donor fund, canvassed for appropriate legislation to back the activities of the FCT School of Nursing and Midwifery, Hospital Management Board and FCT Primary Health Care Board.