Hospitals operating at full capacity – FCTA clarifies rumours of skeletal services

The Federal Capital Territory Administration has denied reports that FCTA hospitals were currently rendering skeletal services due to the death of 20 medical doctors from COVID-19.

Reports had emerged that the hospitals in Abuja were offering skeletal services due to the death of some doctors.

But, the FCTA authority in a statement signed by its General Secretary, Anthony Ogunleye, said hospitals in the federal capital territory were operating at full capacity as at Monday, 28th December 2020.

Part of the statement read, “All FCTA hospitals are operating at full capacity inclusive of emergencies for adults and children, delivery and maternity services, theatre services (operating 24-hour services), laboratory and pharmaceutical services, and hospital kitchens. All clinics will resume full services after the Christmas holidays on Tuesday, 29th of December, 2020.”

FCTA noted that though COVID-19 patients infected some medical personnel, the staff have been treated and discharged which has not affected the operations of hospitals.

The affected hospital areas fully decontaminated without any adverse effect on the overall functionality of the hospitals.

The FCTA clarified that since the first case of COVID-19 recorded in the FCT on March 27th 2020, a total of four doctors working in both public and private hospitals have regrettably succumbed to the disease.

”The latest, being a female doctor from Gwarimpa General hospital, who passed on two weeks ago and a private medical doctor over the last one week.

However, “these fatalities have not in any way adversely affected the quality of services rendered in these hospitals and most certainly not to the point of rendering skeletal services.

“The FCTA has since the beginning of the pandemic been in the forefront of the fight against COVID-19 and remains as committed as ever in efforts to contain the spread of the disease.”

FCTA stressed that there are adequate supplies of PPEs in all the hospitals and efforts are being made to procure even more in the light of the second wave of transmissions.

“Emphasis is also being placed on the provision of high dependency care units in all COVID-19 treatment centers. The medical personnel will continue to take all precautionary measures in the treatment of COVI-10 patents,” the statement added.


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