On the 20th of March 2020 the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), confirmed the first COVID-19 case. Following the confirmation, a multi-sectoral COVID-19 Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) was activated on 23rd March 2020 to coordinate the outbreak response in collaboration with Partners.

The response is based on an Incident Management System (IMS) with thematic areas focusing on Surveillance and Epidemiology, Laboratory, Infection Prevention and Control, Health and Safety, Case management, Risk communication, Logistics, Coordination, and Research. An incident action plan (IAP) was developed to guide the response with an overarching goal of containing the spread of COVID-19 in the FCT.

The HHSS leads the multi-sectoral Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) activated to coordinate the COVID-19 outbreak response in collaboration with Partners.

The Acting Secretary, FCTHHSS and members of the Emergency Operations Center Intra Action Review Meeting


The EOC is made up of personnel from the:

  • Nigeria Centre for Disease Control
  • World Health Organization
  • Nigeria Medical Association
  • Veterinary Council of Nigeria
  • Africa Field Epidemiology Network
  • Clinton Health Access Initiative
  • Medical Laboratories Council of Nigeria and
  • other partners who coordinate nine pillars (as contained in the Incident Action Plan) within FCT and its environs.
  • Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), FCT Branch
  • FCT COVID-19 Enforcement Taskforce
  • FCT Education Secretariat
  • FCT COVID-19 Palliative Committee
  • The Red Cross
  • Save the Children International and
  • Africa Centre for Disease Control (ACDC)

Key EOC Officials:

  1. EOC Chairman –
    Dr Mohammed Kawu, Ag. Secretary, Health and Human Services Secretariat
  2. EOC Coordinator –
    Dr Matthew Ashikeni, Director Special Duties, Office of the Honourable Secretary
  3. Incident Manager
    Dr Lawal Lukman
  4. Deputy Incident Manager –
    Dr Iniobong Ekong
  5. Deputy Incident Manager –
    Dr Austin Ajokwu


  1. Coordination Pillar
  • Develop and implement Incident Action Plan which guides the overall outbreak response.
  • Planning, Coordination and monitoring of all response pillar activities
  • Daily EOC briefing meeting
  • Data collation, analysis and reporting with provision of feedback to relevant stakeholders both at FCT and Federal Levels

2. Epidemiology, Surveillance And Point Of Entry Pillar

  • Respond to alert and calls from public in all the six area councils
  • Establishment of an automated COVID-19 Call centre with toll free lines and appointment scheduling for sample collection
  • Case investigation and collection of samples
  • Notification and evacuation confirmed cases to treatment centres
  • Contact tracing of confirmed cases
  • Community active case search in all the 6-area councils to establish community transmission and increase case finding
  • Screening of Passengers of Interests (POIs)

3. Laboratory Pillar

  • Sample Collection and analysis
  • Training of Laboratory Personnel
  • 8 NCDC Approved Testing laboratories in FCT

4. Case Management Pillar

Treatment/Isolation centres:

  1. University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada 
  2. IDU Treatment Centre (closed 31st October,2020)
  3. This Day Dome
  4. National Hospital
  5. Kapital Club and Apartment (DSS TC)
  6. E-Health Africa Clinic (EHA clinic) 
  7. UN Severe Acute Respiratory Infection Treatment Centre (UN-SARI for UN agencies)
  8. National Intelligence Agency (NIA) clinic
  9. Asokoro District Hospital (Closed down 24th August,2020)
  10. Karu General Hospital (Closed down 24th August, 2020)

5. Infection And Prevention Control Pillar

  1. Assessment of Public and Private treatment centres and laboratories for compliance with Infection and Prevention Control guidelines
  2. Training of health care workers on Infection and Prevention Control
  3. Decontamination of premises (Homes, Hospitals, Offices) and Communities 
  4. Safe burial of bodies in assigned cemeteries 

6. Risk Communication And Community Engagement Pillar

  • Community sensitization and awareness creation through both traditional and social media, focal group discussions, group sensitization, street campaigns, house to house visits, foot slogging through the markets, sharing of IEC materials across the 6 Area Councils.

7. Health And Safety Pillar

  • Visit to Points of Entries to ensure screening personnel adhere to safety precautions
  • Visits to treatment centres and sample collection centres to assess safety hazards
  • Provision of psychosocial support to confirmed COVID-19 patients and their relations

8. Research Pillar

  • Commencement of scientific research on COVID-19 including randomized clinical trials 
  • Ongoing Scientific Research/Clinical Trials
  • Effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin on the management of COVID-19 infection: Randomised Clinical Trials.
  • Clinical presentation, management and outcome of patients with COVID-19 infection in FCT, Abuja,Nigeria
  • Assessing the incidence of COVID-19 infection amongst frontline Healthcare workers in FCT.
  • Investigation of human to animal transmission of SARS-COV2 in household with confirmed COVID-19 cases in FCT.
  • Perceived quality of care amongst COVID-19 infection patients in designated healthcare centres in FCT.
  • Assessment of the availability and quality of PPEs amongst HCWs in the FCT: Using International Standards Organization.
  • Pattern of chest xray findings amongst COVID-19 patients in FCT
  • Assessment of secondary infections of community active case search through surveillance data of contacts of confirmed cases in FCT

9. Logistics Pillar

  • Provision of Personal Protective Equipment, drugs and consumables to both Treatment centres and traditional health facilities
  • Tracking and monitoring of drugs, commodities and consumables in treatment centres 
  • Forecasting and preposition of drugs, commodities and consumables in treatment centres 
  • Provision of adequate transport logistics for pillar response activities

Major Donors To The COVID -19 Response In FCT 

  • Donations included Hospital beds, Patient monitors, PPEs, Hand sanitizers
  • Future Assured
  • Polaris Bank
  • Julius Berger Plc 
  • Senator Binani Foundation
  • Gifted mum
  • COZA Church
  • Fate Foundation
  • HIS Towers
  • Victims Support Programme
  • Nigeria Stock Exchange
  • Hospitals for Humanity
  • Garki Hospital
  • NCDC
  • African Union Centre for Disease Control
  • China Civil Engineering and Construction Company
  • China AID
  • UNDP
  • Save the Children International
  • Mainstream Energy