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COVID-19: MINISTER INAUGURATES EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM

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COVID-19: MINISTER INAUGURATES EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM

Mohammed Bello

By Amina Isah

In order to provide a formidable response and curtail the spread of the Coronavirus also known as COVID-19, the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello today Sunday March 22nd, inaugurated an Emergency Response Team.

The Minister explained that the primary responsibility of the team is to confront the disease in all ramifications and curtail its spread.
It would be recalled that the three cases of the Coronavirus were recorded in the FCT yesterday while the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) also announced a new confirmed case today.

Bello, who was represented at the event by the Acting Secretary of the Health and Human Services Secretariat, Dr. Kawu Mohammed said the response team has seven major pillars to address specific areas while a central coordinating committee would oversee the overall affairs of the team.

The teams include: Infection Prevention and Control; Epidemiology, Survelance and Point of Entry as well as Laboratory.

Others are Risk Communication and Social Mobilization; Case Management as well as Health Safety and Welfare.

Each of the teams are to be chaired by relevant professionals.

The Minister charged members of the response team to bring their experiences and professionalism to bear in attending to the confirmed cases and also deligently tracking all suspects until the the FCT is declared free of the pandemic.

He said so far thirty (39) cases were reported and tested in the FCT while four were confimed to be positive.

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