Corps Members To Undergo New COVID-19 Tests Before Camping – NCDC - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Corps Members To Undergo New COVID-19 Tests Before Camping – NCDC

From Jane Okafor, Abuja

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control(NCDC) has  said all corps members will be tested using the new antigen-based test to ensure safe re-opening of the National Youth Service Corps orientation camps across the country.

NCDC disclosed that the process of procurement of the antigen-based test would soon be completed.

The agency's Director-General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, made this known while 
speaking at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja yesterday.

He said: “We will test everyone (corps members) and that will enable us to keep our camps safe and also help us understand what is going on in the rest of the country.”

Ihekweazu further revealed that the government had launched Infection Prevention and Control call vanguard across the states, noting that young people interested in IPC were being trained for self-management and self-regulation in the camps as they opened.

Ihekweazu added: “We know that corps members are normally young mobile population. Again, we are counting on not only the young people going to camps but parents; so we need the parents to support young people to do what they have to do.

“We have been working extremely hard over the last two months with NYSC to reopen youth service camps. We have made a lot of progress to ensure that we can do that safely.”

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