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FCT minister’s aides test positive for COVID-19

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Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muhammad Bello on Saturday announced that some of his aides have tested positive for COVID-19.

As part of precautionary measures to curb the spread of the pandemic, those affected, according to Bello have been taken to isolation centers across the nation’s capital.

The minister did not reveal the number of those affected.

The minister who disclosed this in his tweeter handle said: “As part of routine precautionary measures, I subjected myself & all persons in my office & official residence to the COVID19 test.

While the results returned negative for me and many others, a few people however, tested positive.

“Those affected have been taken to isolation centres”.

It could be recalled that the Federal Capital Territory Administration had assured residents of “working very hard to stop the escalation of COVID-19” pandemic in the territory.

The FCT Minister, gave the assurance while inaugurating a 506 bed spaces COVID-19 Isolation and Treatment Centre at Idu, on Monday in Abuja.

The facility was facilitated by the FCT Abuja Ministerial Expert Advisory on COVID-19, which was constituted by the FCT on March 24.

The minister assured that the FCTA would continue to ensure that all protocols established with regards to health and security matters regarding COVID-19 are strictly adhered to.

Bello, therefore, urged all residents of the FCT to take the fight against COVID-19 seriously as a personal fight for survival.

“Our hope is that this shouldn’t escalate beyond this level and for that to happen, we have to work together very hard to ensure that all protocols established with regards to health and security matters regarding COVID-19 are adhered to.

“As you are aware in the last one week all processes of gradual easing of lockdown has commence in FCT.

“However, this has shown that the wider community is not very compliant with respect to social distancing and other protocols.

“So, I want to use this opportunity based on what we have here and what we have at Asokoro Hospital as well as what we have at Karu General Hospital to say that we have enough redundancy of bed space, but that should not make us to be complaisant.

“Because if we do not continue with what we are doing now with a lot of restrictions and compliance then if this thing get out of hand we may wake up and found that the facilities we have might not be enough,” Bello said.

The minister said in addition to the provision of medical facilities, FCTA was also providing palliative items to the most vulnerable and poorest of the poor in the territory.

Bello said that the palliatives are being handled and distributed professionally by the FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu.

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