The minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Bala Mohammed, on Tuesday designated the General Hospital, Kuje, in Kuje Area Council, as a treatment Centre for cases of the Ebola virus infection.
Mohammed also inaugurated a 25-man committee to work out modalities for responding to the threat of the virus and create awareness on its nature and symptoms.
The minister disclosed this during a stakeholders’ interactive forum in Abuja on Monday.
He said the hospital was chosen because it would be easy for the people of the FCT to access it and that a ward would be isolated in the hospital where the people could be quarantined and put under surveillance, among others.
He said that adequate infrastructure and equipment would be put in place to manage affected persons and guard against the spread of the virus.
“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,” he said.
The minister instructed the chairman of the council to sensitise its populace, rather than preventing FCT administration from using the hospital.
“The hospital is the only option for us to isolate as a centre for Ebola patients; Gwagwalada hospital that is for FCT has being 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.