President Buhari sets up Task Force on COVID-19

By Timothy Choji , Abuja

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The Nigerian Leader, Muhammadu Buhari has established a Presidential Task Force as a proactive measure to contain Coronavirus known as COVID-19.

The development came following the current global outbreak of the virus and its potential of causing significant disruption to health services in the country as well as impacting negatively on the economy.

This action is also in preparation for the unlikely but probable major outbreak of the disease in the country which will require a multi-sectoral inter-governmental approach as advised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) similar to that adopted for the HIV epidemic in the last two decades.

The start and finish task group which would be expected to deliver within a maximum period of six months, comprises the following; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha–Chairman, Dr. Sani Aliyu–National Coordinator, Minister of Health, Minister of Interior, Minister of Aviation, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Services, Minister of Education, Minister of Information and Culture, Minister of Environment, Director-General, State Services, Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and WHO Country Representative.

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere