No fewer than 138 members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) have tested positive for COVID-19. Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, who made the disclosure during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 yesterday in Abuja, added that none of the patients was allowed into camp.
According to him, the affected corps members are either being managed at home or in a treatment centre depending further reviews. He said: “A total of 34,785 corps members and members of the camp communities have been tested so far in the last weeks. Out of the number, only 138 were found positive, which is 0.4 per cent prevalence and one in 200 people.”
In his speech, Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire said Nigeria was vigilant with regards to the exploding figures infections in Europe and the America. Stating that the country was strengthening capacity for treatment, he added that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration was also reviewing the entry protocols at the borders to reduce importation of the disease.
In the interim, concerns have, again, been raised regarding access to effective COVID-19 vaccines by poor nations, including Nigeria.
This is even as Lagos State begins review of its infectious disease strategic response plans ahead of tomorrow’s hosting of the sixth yearly African Conference on Biosecurity and One Health.
The three-day event, to be hosted in partnership with a non-governmental organisation, Global Emerging Pathogens Treatment Consortium (GET), is themed, “Strengthening Africa’s Resilience in Tackling Emerging Biosecurity Threats: Lessons from COVID-19 Pandemic” and holds hold at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island.
Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, in a statement signed by Director, Public Affairs, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Tunbosun Ogunbanwo, harped on the aptness of the conference.