Federal Govt to recruit COVID- 19 volunteers

The Nigerian government has announced plans to engage community volunteers for COVID- 19.

They will embark on house-to-house sensitisation on the dangers and spread of coronavirus.

Osagie Ehanire, the Minister of Health, revealed this on Tuesday at the Presidential Taskforce (PTF) briefing on COVID- 19.

He revealed that the ministry was working with the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, (NPHCDA) on the modalities.

Ehanire explained that the targets were “high burden” Local Government Areas, as 20 LGAs contribute nearly 60 percent of the COVID- 19 positive cases.

He said the COVID- 19 burden is not evenly distributed within the country as Kano and Lagos bear more of the burden.

The minister noted that a team from the ministry is in Lagos on an appraisal visit, during which a solution analysis will be conducted.

The team will also visits the contiguous Ogun State on the same mission.

“The visits are in continuation of similar useful initiatives in the past to Kano, Katsina Sokoto, Jigawa, Gombe, and Borno, to share experience and ideas, align strategy and support each others,” Ehanire stated.

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