138 NYSC Members Test Positive for COVID-19, Says Ihekweazu


The Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, says a total of 138 members of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, have tested positive for COVID-19.

Ihekweazu disclosed on Monday, while speaking at the daily briefing of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID19, in Abuja. NYSC camps were reopened on 10 November after been shut for months due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Ihekwazu said the safe reopening of the NYSC orientation camps across the country was successful and that none of the prospective corps members who tested positive was allowed into the camps.

”A total of 34,785 corps members and members of the camp communities have been tested so far in the last weeks of which only 138 was found positive, which is 0.4 per cent prevalence and 1 in 200 people.”he said.

The NCDC boss said those who tested positive were either managed at home or in a treatment centre depending on if they had symptoms and what state they were in.

With talks between striking university teachers and the Federal Government  getting more positive, he said that the next challenge would be how to work with education stakeholders to ensure the safe reopening of universities. “Universities are slightly riskier and present unique challenges, but we are confident that we can address this as we have done in other sectors like aviation,” Ihekweazu said