- FCT Minister , Malam Muhammad Musa Bello ( middle) flanked by the Hon. Minister of State of Health, Senator Adeleke Mamora (left), Dr Aliyu Modibbo Umar (right) and other members of the FCT Ministerial Advisory Committee on COVID-19 and officials of the FCTA following the commissioning of a Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory in Kubwa General Hospital on Monday, 19/04/2021*
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Ministerial Advisory Committee on COVID-19 has said it was able to raise the sum of N202,000,000.00 (Two Hundred and Two Million Naira) from various donors.
Chairman of the committee, Dr Aliyu Modibbo Umar, who is former Minister of the FCT stated this on Monday at the commissioning of the new Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory donated by the Ministerial Advisory Committee on COVID-19 as its “Legacy Project” at the Kubwa General Hospital.
Dr Umar said the laboratory is capable of testing for not only COVID-19 but other infectious diseases such as Tuberculosis, Lassa Fever, Ebola, HIV, the Hepatitis Spectrum and Yellow Fever.
Commissioning the project, FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello expressed the appreciation of the FCT Administration and residents of the FCT to the Ministerial Committee .
“Without any fear of contradiction, I wish to say that the Ministerial Expert Advisory Committee displayed an immeasurable sense of duty and deep love for country and humanity,” he said.
The Minister added that the efforts of the members of the Committee assisted the FCT Administration in setting up its flagship Isolation and Treatment Center at Idu with the resources mobilized by its members through their wide network of associates.
Malam Bello further disclosed that despite the status of the FCT as an epicenter of the disease in Nigeria, the efforts of the Committee and the entire COVID-19 Response ensured that relatively few fatalities have been recorded in the FCT while meeting testing targets.
The Minister also paid tribute the medical personnel who lost their lives in the course of the fight and observed a minute silence for the repose of their souls. He also urged residents of the FCT not to be complacent and continue to observe all COVID-19 protocols despite the low positive cases being reported, saying that the virus was still very much around.
T he Minister said that the FCT Administration will work towards the establishment of similar facilities in the other Area Councils of the FCT using a combination of public and private sector funding as recommended by the Ministerial Expert Advisory Committee.
In his remarks the Minister of State for Health, Senator Adeleke Mamora congratulated the FCT Administration for the establishment of the laboratory and commended it for working closely with the Federal Ministry of Health in the fight against the virus.
Also present at the event were the Permanent Secretary, FCTA, Mr Olusade Adesola, the Chief of Staff to the FCT Minister, Malam Bashir Mai-Bornu, the FCTA Ag Secretary of Health Dr Muhammed Kawu and National Incident Manager of the Presidential Task Force of COVID-19 Dr Muhktar Muhammed and senior members of the FCTA as well, as members of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on COVID-19.