By Babajide Okeowo
The chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 Mr. Boss Mustapha has disclosed that they were able to detect that 731 members of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC Batch B have tested positive for COVID-19 through Rapid Diagnostic Test, RDTs.
Mustapha made this known at the national briefing on COVID-19 on Tuesday in Abuja.
According to him, in continuation of the NYSC engagement, the PTF has conducted the testing of Batch B corps members using
Rapid Diagnostic Test, RDTs. Out of the 35,419 in Batch B, 731 tested positive compared to the 108 recorded in Batch A.
“It is on record that cases were recorded from corps members from every state of the federation,” he said.
The PTF chairman said “there is also a rising rate of infections among healthcare workers and this calls for the escalation of surveillance.
“In Africa, Nigeria has joined South Africa in reporting the highest daily infection cases. As of date, the statistics for Nigeria show the following: Cumulative cases – 91,351; Cumulative Tests – 958,911; Deaths – 1,318, and Week 53 recorded 57 deaths which is the highest for any single week since we started,” he said.
Mustapha further stated that “we are pleased to inform you that the private sector – CACOVID has commenced supporting our response with 100 oxygen cylinders per day, till the end of March 2021, for distribution to critical care centres in Abuja.
”Furthermore, approval has been given to rehabilitate five oxygen plants across various tertiary health institutions in Abuja. The President has also approved that at least one oxygen plant should be established in each state of the federation immediately,” he said.
On vaccines, he stated that ”the PTF is progressing on the issue of accessing vaccines for Nigerians and that additional information would be provided to Nigerians on accelerated vaccines introduction and deployment plan.