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Covid-19: Nigerian Govt urges scientists to come up with home cure

Oluwaseun Sonde

The Presidential Task Force PTF has urged scientists and researchers to come up with their finding and follow the validation protocols on the need to deepen research into covid-19 so that a home-grown cure could be found which is part of the mandate of the PTF to build a strong base for research.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of the PTF, Boss Mustapha disclosed this at the National Press Conference on Covid-19 pandemic in Abuja on Friday, he said he has been encouraged by the feedback from Nigerians on the need to deepen research into covid-19 so that a home-grown cure could be found.

He implored all Nigerians to individually and collectively prepare and deploy all the necessary requirements of the recommended Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions. “We must also commit to making it a success through compliance. In this regard, I wish to commend the Nigerian Employers Consultative Association (NECA) for developing and circulating an adaptation of the implementation guidelines released by the PTF COVID-19”.

He also urged all business entities as well as trade associations, especially markets and transport Unions, to similarly adapt and widely circulate these guidelines. “The PTF COVID -19 remains committed to containing the spread of the virus in Nigeria and would always be ready to provide specific and necessary support to any component of our federating units as an objective of the National Response”.

He wished to inform Nigerians that the response to the situation in Kano is producing expected outcomes since testing was ramped up. “The State Task Force in collaboration with our teams have also expanded contact tracing and isolation. A lot of emphasis is being placed on training of different categories of manpower (medical, nursing, cleaners, etc), building of capacity for coordination, care management and supply chain. “We are also putting together a structure from the PTF to provide support on a fulltime basis.

The UN-System (WHO) is also putting together a surge Team and re-purposing three thousand Community informants from Primary health care in Kano State, to strength the coordination of COVID at State and LGA levels”, he said.

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