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COVID-19: Nigerians avoiding being tested – PTF laments

By Oluwaseun Sonde

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 PTF has lamented that Nigerians were avoiding being tested, expressed uncertainties over the pandemic, urging the lawmakers to help extend the campaign to the grass roots. This was made known at the House of Representatives on Monday when members of the PTF appeared before a joint committee of the House to account for the funds allocated and donated to the fight against the pandemic.

Chairman of the PTF, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha said, “I must say that the virus is still very dangerous, not at its peak, we have to meticulously plan. There is no timeline, that is why money is not being thrown at it just because it has been released. “We don’t know how long this will take us. Even the budget that the National Coordinator mentioned is for a period of six months. We do not know how long it will take us. But by the grace of God, we shall overcome”.

He added that there is no medicine or vaccine for the virus yet. “The humanity is simply overwhelmed by it. Everything has been turned upside down. Today, we are all masked up. We never used to know it like this.

“Please, honourable members, there is a lot you can do for us; a lot of legislative actions that can be taken, looking into the future. We are dealing with it today; the next pandemic must not catch us unawares. We must prepare for it”, he said.

Nigeria’s confirmed COVID-19 cases has surpassed 12,000 and the death toll hit 361 on Monday, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 said the country may just be starting to experience the epidemic.

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