The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has said it will not take chances with young graduates who will be going to camps as National Youth Service Corps reopens orientation camps across the nation. Noting that all corps members will be tested using the new antigen-based test.
Speaking at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja on Tuesday, the NCDC Director-General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, said, “We will test everyone (corps members) and that will enable us to keep our camps safe and also help us understand what is going on in the rest of the country.”
The centre disclosed that the process of procurement of the antigen-based test was almost complete as that will be the morality for testing the corps members to prevent the spread of the COVID19 among the leaders of tomorrow.
Ihekweazu also revealed that the government had launched Infection Prevention and Control call vanguard in all the states, noting that young people interested in IPC were being trained for self-management and self-regulation in the camps as they opened.
“We know that corps members are normally young mobile population. Again, we are counting on not only the young people going to camps but parents; so we need the parents to support young people to do what they have to do”, Ihekweazu said.
“We have been working extremely hard over the last two months with NYSC to reopen youth service camps. We have made a lot of progress to ensure that we can do that safely”.