By Cecilia Ologunagba
Abuja – Dr Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Health on Tuesday inspected an Isolation Centre under construction at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH) Gwagwalada as part of the precautionary measures to prevent importation of coronavirus.
“We must not allow it enters our country through any of the entry points.
“ As such, if any passenger should test positive at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Abuja, he or she will need to be isolated, thus, the need to have an isolation centre at UATH,” he said
Ehanire said there was need for a facility where diagnosis could be carried out by staff to be trained by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and Port Health Services Division of the Ministry.
The minister, therefore, solicited the support of UATH to enable the health sector tackle the disease in case of its importation.
In his response, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of UATH, Prof. Bissallah Ekele pledged his support to provide necessary facility for the centre.
“I will not only make the yet to be completed Isolation Centre available but also to offer the newly completed Accident and Emergency department for temporary use until the completion of the Isolation centre,’’ he said