The Presidential Task Force, PTF on COVID-19 says it has disbursed the sum of 1 billion naira each to 32 states of the Federation.
Speaking during the daily COVI-19 Press briefing in Abuja, the PTF Coordinator, Dr Sani Aliyu said the recent disbursement was aimed at driving the states’ COVID responses.
Aliyu noted that each state of the federation has been asked to prioritise testing in addition to surveillance activities linked to COVID-19.
Meanwhile, as Nigerians gradually return to their different activities, the PTF has warned citizens of the country against losing their guards noting that Nigeria cannot afford a second wave of COVID-19.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the Chairman, PTF, Boss Mustapha who gave the warning also urged Nigerians to persuade their relations arriving the country to self-isolate upon arrival.
He stated that despite appreciable progress recorded, Nigerians should be more vigilant than ever adding that the World Health Organisation, WHO has expressed concerns over the weekly cases in countries around Europe.
According to him, Israel has re-introduced a three-week lockdown, the United Kingdom is considering another lockdown while Spain has enforced a partial lockdown in Madrid.
Mustapha, however, called on all sub-national governments to support the nation’s health professionals in carrying out their duties.
Meanwhile, the Director-General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, has announced that the agency and their partners were conducting a household survey in four states.
He stated that the seroprevalence surveys in Gombe, Enugu, Nasarawa and Lagos states would provide the best evidence yet on the extent of COVID-19 infection in Nigeria between September to November, while preliminary results are expected by December 2020.