20 LGA responsible for 50% of COVID-19 cases –NGF

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The Nigeria Governors’ Forum says only 20 local government areas are responsible for 50 per cent of COVID-19 cases recorded across the country,

The NGF’s Chairman, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State disclosed this on Wednesday during the 15th teleconference meeting of the forum.

In a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting, Fayemi said:

“data from COVID-19 tests conducted in the country indicates that 20 local government areas in the country account for 50 per cent of the COVID-19 cases recorded.”

The NGF resolved to “scale up the implementation of the Risk Communications Community Engagement strategy developed by the Presidential Task on COVID-19.

“The strategy will provide necessary impetus on communicating with the public so that communities can curtail the spread of COVID-19 in a sustainable approach.

“State governments will also be able to identify and engage with all the relevant multi-sectoral partners as the success of this strategy.

“Commissioners of information are to head this exercise nationwide.”

The NGF agreed to engage officials of the Nigeria Association of Resident Doctors, to dissuade them from embarking on strike.

According to the NGF, 29 states have received funding from the Regional Disease Surveillance Systems Enhancement Project, to strengthen public health response to COVID-19.

Testing for COVID-19, the forum noted, remains number one priority for the government, adding that 32 states in the country presently have functional molecular laboratories.

Howerver, efforts are on to direct investments to the remaining four states.

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