COVID-19: Corps members observe NCDC protocols

By Franca Ofili

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) camp in the FCT, has put in place all necessary measures to observe the COVID 19 protocols following the camping of 2020 Batch B Corps members.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Federal Government has mobilised 66,000 eligible graduates for the 2020 Batch B service year, out of which about 800 have been deployed to the territory.

A correspondent of NAN who visited the camp in Kubwa on Wednesday reports that wash hand basins, bottles of sanitizer and soaps were placed in strategic points in the camp.

The corps members were seen observing the protocols of hand washing, social distancing, sanitising their hands, use of nose masks, covering of mouth when coughing and sneezing, among others.

At the hostel, the beds had been spaced to take only ten persons, unlike before the COVID-19 pandemic, when it used to be 40 corps members in a hostel.

Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had said that all corps members must be tested for COVID-19, adding that it was free.

At the NCDC point at the camp, corps members were seen carrying out COVID -19 tests.

Mrs Lona Williams, FCT surveillance Support Officer, said that 200 corps members would be tested daily.

“As at yesterday, we tested 180 corps members and 150 camp officials. We were meant to test 2,000 corps members but a lot of them came very late so we decided to continue today.

“Today, the process is still ongoing, so far we have tested more than 100 corps members and we still have over two hundred to go,’’ Williams said She said that the test results would take 15 minutes to be ready. (NAN)

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