Following its bid to reduce the spread of the coronavirus disease otherwise referred to as ‘covid-19’, the federal government has called on state governors to ensure that the covid-19 guidelines are strictly adhered during the forth-coming Eid-El Kabir celebration.
Speaking at the resumed briefing of the Presidential Tasks Force (PTF), on covid-19 in Abuja on Thursday, secretary to the government of the federation and chairman of the PTF Mr. Boss Mustapha warned that the virus is still very potent and spreading faster than human efforts can speed to stop it.
Quoting statistics from the World Health Organization, Mustapha disclosed that Nigeria currently accounts for 5% of fatalities in the continent as India has joined the United States of America and Brazil in the category of countries that have recorded over one million cases.
He said that the PTF to take more protection measures us considering restructuring the mode of delivering some of its activities to rely more on technology to minimize the risks associated with avoidable physical contacts.
The decision according to the PTF was informed by recent development where the Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama, a front line tested positive for COVID-19.
He said, ‘’sequel to that development, the PTF and its Secretariat immediately carried out a risk assessment and tested all members to determine their status, out of an abundance of caution. Fortunately, as a precautionary measure, the PTF had earlier arranged that all journalists covering its activities should be tested by the NCDC.
On his part, the minister of health Dr Osagie Ehanire informed that that all States of the Federation, including the FCT are receiving support from the COVID-19 response through the Regional Diseases Surveillance Enhancement (REDISSE) Project.
The minister disclosed that the Federal Ministry of Health through the Nigerian Center for Disease Control now has a total of 59 molecular diagnostic laboratories for COVID-19 test activated adding that lack of availability of testing capacity should not be a tenable excuse any more.
‘’I am pleased to mention that all States of the Federation, including the FCT are receiving support from the COVID-19 response through the Regional Diseases Surveillance Enhancement (REDISSE) Project. With this support, all States of the Federation will receive NGN100 million to enhance high impact priority response activities. The soon to be reactivated BHCPF will join the funding pool.