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COVID-19: Go get yourself tested now, we’ve enough testing centers, PTF tells Nigerians


Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a 30-year-old graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force, PTF on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha, has urged Nigerians to go and get tested for the virus, saying that community transmission is at its peak in the country.

Mr Mustapha gave the charge on Monday while addressing newsmen during the daily briefings on COVID -19 in Abuja.

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He said: “As we progress in this phase and acknowledging that testing capacity has to be increased, we encourage as many Nigerians as possible to get tested, we have expanded the network of sample collection centres.

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“In Abuja, a sample collection centre has been set up at THIS DAY DOME and all Government hospitals In the FCT have been designated as sample collection centres. The Honourable Minister of Health would provide details in due course.

“Getting tested is the only sure way of making sure we know the prevalence of the virus and understand how to tackle it effectively,” he added.

The chairman therefore, advised that all government and board meetings should be restricted to the virtual.

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According to him, all unnecessary travels for meetings by government officials should be suspended until further notice.

He also charged Nigerians to remain vigilant, noting that the pandemic would not go away by a wish; neither would it go away if people refuse to keep safe.

“Please let us all resolve to play our part, while Government does its best to save lives and livelihood. To this end, all government offices shall continue to hold virtual meetings in their offices especially where participants exceed four persons and suspend all unnecessary travels for meetings.

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“For corporate organisations, board members, among others, the reopening of the domestic flights should not be misconstrued. The PTF strongly encourages virtual meetings as well;

“We still urge places of worship to cautiously follow the guide lines on public gatherings; and we urge members of the political class to exercise utmost circumspection in their gathering for whatever reasons,” he said.


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