138 NYSC Members Test Positive For COVID-19 – NCDC Boss, Chikwe Ihekweazu


Dr ChikweDirector-General of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu, has said a total of 138 members of the National Youth Service Corps have tested positive for COVID-19.

Ihekweazu disclosed this today, November 23, while speaking at the daily briefing of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, in Abuja.

NYSC camps were reopened on November 10 after been shut for months due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Ihekweazu said the safe reopening of NYSC orientation camps across the country were successful and that none of the prospective corps members who tested positive was allowed into the camps.

He expressed;

A total of 34,785 corps members and members of the camp communities have been tested so far in the last weeks of which only 138 was found positive, which is 0.4 per cent prevalence and 1 in 200 people.

The NCDC boss said those who tested positive were either managed at home or in a treatment centre depending on if they had symptoms and what state they were in.

Ihekweazu noted that the next challenge would be how to work with education stakeholders to ensure safe reopening of the universities.

He stated;

Universities have proven to be slightly risky; it has its unique challenges but we are confident that we can address this as we have done in other sectors like aviation.


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