The COVID-19 pandemic seems to be taking a dangerous turn in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja going by a shortage of oxygen and bed spaces for critical cases, Sunday press has learnt.
It was further learnt that eight months after the COVID-19 pandemic hit Abuja, the Federal Government had failed to inaugurate the only Infectious Disease Hospital located at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, despite repeated promises from the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, had in March, 2020 lamented that the permanent site being constructed by the UATH had yet to be completed, as he also decried the slow pace of work.
Meanwhile, following the completion of the project, it has remained shut because it has not been fully equipped.
As a result, doctors have continued to improvise, using the Accident and Emergency Ward at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, to treat severe COVID-19 cases.
Doctors who spoke to Sunday PUNCH decried that the improvised isolation centre located at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, was currently having a shortage of bed space and oxygen.
One of the doctors said there were enough beds in other isolation centres treating mild cases but this was completely different for critical cases.
A doctor, who wished to remain anonymous, said, “We have excess bed spaces for mild, asymptomatic to moderate cases. We have enough room at the Dome for now and the Idu isolation centre can be easily put together since it is not a hospital but was purpose-built for COVID-19 and the beds are still there. All we need to do is just to clean up and decontaminate the place.
“But the problem is that we don’t have enough spaces for severe cases. It is only the National Hospital and Gwagwalada that are used for treatment of severe cases and Gwagwalada is filled to capacity every day.