Not less than 138 members of the National Youth Service Corps have tested positive for COVID-19.
Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), disclosed this at the briefing of the presidential task force on COVID-19 on Monday.
He said the NCDC is working towards the safe reopening of NYSC orientation camps across the country.
He stated that none of those who tested positive was allowed into the camps.
According to him, “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.”
Ihekweazu 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.
He said the next challenge would be how to work with education stakeholders to ensure safe reopening of the universities.
“Universities have proven to be slightly risky; it has its unique challenges but we are confident that we can address this as we have done in other sectors like aviation,” Ihekweazu stated.