Following the reopening of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has stated that all prospective corps members will undergo COVID-19 test.
The NCDC Director, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, made this known at the PTF briefing on Thursday in Abuja stating that this is going to ensure the safe reopening of orientation camps all over the country.
Recall that the pandemic hit the country in early March forcing the country to shit down to curb the spread of the virus.
Dr Ihekweazu further revealed that the process of procurement of the antigen-based test is almost completed.
“We will test everyone to enable us to keep our camps safe with the understanding of what is going on in the country,” he said.
Ihekweazu said that government had launched an Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) call vanguard in all the states with young people interested in the IPC being trained for self-management and regulation in the camps as they open.
The NCDC DG explained that the risk assessment of all the camps has been on in the last few weeks and assured parents of the safety of their children in camps.
He advised parents to encourage their children to do the needful before resuming in the camps.
He said that though the youths are at lower risk, yet ‘lower risk does not mean any risk’.