Nigeria shuts two COVID-19 isolation centres due to lack of patients

Authorities of Federal capital territory have shut two of the four isolation centres for coronavirus patients in the Nigerian capital.

COVID-19 isolation centres located inside Karu and Asokoro general hospitals are now closed following the reduction in the number of patients.

Only the treatment centres in Idu and THISDAY Dome will now hold COVID-19 patients in Abuja.

There has been a significant reduction in the number of daily infections across Nigeria’s 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Lately Nigeria has recorded low cases of COVID-19.

There is also an increase in the number of patients being discharged across isolation facilities in the country.

Nigeria has recorded over 58,000 cases leading to the death of over 1,100 people. Meanwhile, about 49,000 of the infected total have fully recovered after receiving treatment.

While about 8,000 infections are still active, data from NCDC shows.

With more than 5,000 infections and 77 deaths, Abuja is the most impacted city after Lagos. A little over 4,900 persons have recovered in FCT with 509 active cases as of Friday evening.

Authorities said they decided to close the two isolation centres down, leaving the ones in Idu and THIS DAY Dome, since there are now fewer patients infected from the COVID-19 virus.

The acting secretary, Health and Human Services Secretariat, Federal Capital Territory Administration Mohammed Kawu, said the centres were not purposely built as COVID-19 treatment centres, hence the need to convert them to their initial purpose.

The 500-bed capacity facility in Idu used to be an unoccupied railway school facility at the Abuja-Kaduna railway terminal at Idu. It was however converted to an isolation centre at the onset of COVID-19 in Nigeria.

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