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COVID-19 still very much around, says NCDC D-G

The Director-General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr ChIkwe Ihekweazu, has warned Nigeria against a false sense of the eradication of COVID-19 in the country.

Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu
Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Chief Executive Officer, NCDC

Ihekweazu said this on Saturday, July 17, 2021 in Abuja at a webinar for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) 2021 Batch B members.

The programme was tagged: “Protecting the health of the Nigerian youth – sustaining safe NYSC orientation camps.”

The programme was initiated to provide enlightenment on the measures put in place to ensure safe reopening of NYSC orientation camps.

The NCDC boss called for collaboration with corps members to ensure sustenance of the measures across the country.

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He said: “The mistake we can all make is to think the COVID-19 virus has gone away.

“Corps members have to work collaboratively with us to sustain the goals we have made in mitigating the risk of transmission in orientation camps.”

Meanwhile, the agency also explained how prospective members of the NYSC can  access the COVID-19 case investigation form (CIF) on its dashboard.

According to Dr Oyeladun Okunromade , Deputy Director and Head of One Health Division, NCDC, the five steps are:

“1. Login to your NYSC profile page. 2. Click the link/button for COVID-19 rapid diagnostic test (RDT) Self Reporting case investigation form (CIF).

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“3. You will be redirected to NCDC portal. 4. Click Continue to proceed. 5. The Self Reporting form will open and you will be able to fill in your appropriate information.”

Also speaking , Director-General of NYSC, Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, advised the corps members to adhere to all the COVID-19 protocols made available by the NCDC.

Ibrahim revealed there would be consequences for defaulters.

“Camp is still fun notwithstanding the constraints of the prevention measures. It is vital that corps members adhere to all prevention measures.

“There are camp vanguards to ensure disciplinary actions for defaults,” he said.

By Abujah Racheal

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