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Corps members to be tested at NYSC camps nationwide: NCDC

The NCDC boss said that though the youths are at lower risk, yet “lower risk does not mean no risk.”

• November 3, 2020
Chikwe Ihekweazu
Director General, NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu [Photo credit: BBC]

All corps members resuming for orientation in NYSC camps are to undergo one of the new Antigen-Based tests,  Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), said on Tuesday.

NCDC Director  Chikwe Ihekweazu, the NCDC Director General who made the disclosure at the PTF briefing on Tuesday in Abuja, said that the process of procurement of the antigen-based test is almost completed.

He said the move is part of efforts to ensure the safe re-opening of NYSC camps in the country.

“We will test everyone to enable us keep our camps safe with the understanding of what is going on in the country,” Mr. Ihekweazu said.

The public health expert said that the government had launched an Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) call vanguard in all the states with young people interested in the IPC being trained for self management and regulation in the camps as they open.

Mr. Ihekweazu explained that the risk assessment of all the camps has been on in the last few weeks and assured parents of the safety of their children in camps.

He advised parents to encourage their children to do the needful before resuming in the camps.

The NCDC boss said that though the youths are at lower risk, yet “lower risk does not mean no risk.” 

(NAN)

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