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COVID-19: Nigerian governors commend CACOVID over palliatives, medical equipment to states

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The Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, has commended the Coalition against COVID-19, CACOVID, over support to states’ response to the pandemic through the delivery of essential health equipment and the distribution of palliatives to vulnerable persons.

The commendation was contained in a communique signed by the chairman of the forum and governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, at the end of their virtual meeting with the members of the Presidential Task Force, PTF, on COVID headed by Dr. Sani Aliyu and, the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu.

“Following a briefing from the CACOVID led by Messrs. Aliko Dangote and Herbert Nwigwe and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Godwin Emefiele, on the delivery of healthcare equipment and distribution of palliatives to the most vulnerable persons across States, Governors commended the group for their commitment and collaboration on the COVID-19 response,” the communique read in part.

The governors also commended the PTF and NCDC for ramping up the country’s testing and contact tracing capacity during the 2-week period of lockdown in many parts of the country.

Mr Fayemi, however, called for greater collaboration with states who, according to him, are the primary stakeholders of the COVID-19 response.

He said: “Governors are working to improve their logistical and operational efficiency for sample collection and care. Most States have established COVID-19 hotlines and will ensure that emergency services are integrated into the operations of their Task Force on COVID-19.

“Infection prevention and control committees will also be set up in States to support the role of health workers who are at the frontline of the pandemic.”

While noting the importance of ensuring the continued existence of businesses during the lockdown, the governors vowed to take necessary measures to support the same.

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