The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has started preparing more beds at its isolation centre in University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH) in readiness for new cases of covid-19.
When Blueprint visited the centre in the afternoon on Wednesday, two people were seen coupling six beds, while 12 mattresses were still unpacked.
The centre, which is supposedly housing the eight officially confirmed cases so far in the nation’s capital, was however cordoned-off and manned by two private security guards.
When our correspondent sent one of the guards inside to fetch an official, he returned that, “they said they are too busy to talk to the press.”
However, UATH spokesperson, Michael Atiga, later told Blueprint that the new beds were being prepared “in case more people get infected” and for the centre to reach its capacity.
He said the centre has spaces for 32 beds but only 10 were ready for use as at Wednesday.
Atiga noted that NCDC is occupying UATH’s accident and emergency ward in the interim, because of the outbreak of covid-19, but arrangements were already being made for relocation in April.