The Federal Capital Territory Administration says it has not shut down the Idu COVID-19 Treatment and Isolation Centre.

Dr Mohammed Kawu, the Acting Secretary, FCTA Health and Human Services Secrétariat, said this in a statement issued on Saturday in Abuja.

Kawu said, “While it is true that the FCTA has closed down some isolation centres following a reduction in the number of hospitalised COVID-19 patients recently, Idu centre is still functional and receiving patients.

“We only closed down two isolation centres, the Asokoro and Karu General hospitals which were earlier converted to isolation centres but have now been returned to their original use.

“But the Idu Isolation centre which is a 500-bed facility is still opened and managing COVID-19 patients.”

He said the FCT Administration has no intention to close down the Idu centre for now until there was the need to do so.

The acting secretary noted that COVID-19 was still prevalent and “we cannot take chances.”

Kawu, however, said that there had been a significant drop in the number of people coming down with the disease in the FCT.

He appealed to residents to continue with the observation of preventive measures including washing of hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser. He also urged them to use face masks regularly and avoid large gatherings.