FCTA to decentralise emergency operation centres in 6 area councils


By Deborah Christopher, Abuja

The Federal Capital Territory Administration(FCTA) has said it would decentralise emergency outbreak response through advocacy in the six area councils of Abuja.

The FCT authorities, in a communiqué through Samuel Musa, FCT’s Health and Human services secretariat issued in Abuja, explained that the resolution was reached at the end of its COVID-19 Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) Intra-Action Review (IAR) retreat, during the day.

According to the FCTA Health Emergency Operation Centres,” establishment of sample collection systems and training of human resources for response in the area councils would be a continuous process.

The statement emphasized continuous engagement, provision of technical support to education secretariat, COVID-19 enforcement task force, other collaborating agencies for improved multi-sectorial response and inclusion.

“Provision of operational resources including funding, communication equipment, logistics and infrastructural upgrade of the FCT COVID-19 emergency operations centre workspace in line with World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendation”, it said.

It added that “There will also be sustained risk communication and community engagements to build public trust and acceptance of the COVID-19 pandemic and to encourage uptake of non-pharmacological intervention measures in all six area councils of the FCT.”

It also noted that “It will be the reduction of turnaround time for results through fast tracking the ongoing efforts at establishing the FCT-owned Molecular Laboratory in Kubwa General Hospital,”

The communique said its would improve strategic planning for future outbreak response through the establishment of an FCT Infectious Disease Hospital and continuous building of surge capacity to sustain the current response.