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FG to engage 800,000 volunteers to sensitise communities on COVID-19

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FEDERAL Government is to engage 800,000 volunteers nationwide to sensitise Nigerians on the dangers and spread of COVID-19, the National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Sani Aliyu, said.

 He added that another 880 people were trained on sample collection, packaging and transportation. Faced with an upsurge in the number of cases and shortage of bed space, the government is considering repurposing hotels and schools to serve as quarantine and isolation centres for COVID-19 patients.

  Meanwhile, PTF said it would on submit its next report to President Muhammadu Buhari, explaining that it would inform his decision on the next phase of measures to be taken in the gradual reopening of the economy.

  Dr Aliyu said the over 800,000 community engagement partners would be drawn from all the 774 local government areas of the federation to sensitise the public about the community spread of the virus and disseminate life-saving messages. He went further to assert that the PTF would engage the partners for the campaign using existing community structures to disseminate messages to the grassroots.

  The partners include National Orientation Agency (NOA), Nigeria Red Cross, UNICEF, NYSC members, National Council of Women Societies, Jamaatul Nasri Islam and Yar’Adua Foundation.

  He said, “The volunteers are all Nigerians who live in the communities and have been trained to engage and educate community members in their local languages and dialects”.

  “Our overall goal is to ensure that everyone has the information they need to protect themselves. The volunteers will be risking their lives for the greater good of Nigerians by providing the basic information we need so that we can change our behaviour and stop the spread of COVID-19.”

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