The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha has been appointed to head a Presidential Task Force for the Control of the Coronavirus-19 Disease (COVID-19).
A statement by the senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, gave the names of other members of the Task Force as Dr. Sani Aliyu, who will be the National Coordinator.
Other members are ministers of Health, Interior, Aviation, Education, Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Services, information and culture, Environment. Others are Director General State Services Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and representative of World Health Organisation (WHO) in Nigeria.
The statement said that the Task Force has been seet up in view of the current global outbreak of the novel Coronavirus and its potential of causing significant disruption to health services in the country as well as impacting negatively on the economy.
“This action is in preparation for the unlikely but probable major outbreak of the disease in the country which will require a multi-sectoral inter-governmental approach as advised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) similar to that adopted for the HIV epidemic in the last two decades.”
The Task Force has been given six weeks within which to deliver results.