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COVID-19: Presidential Task Force approves disbursement of materials, equipment to states

The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, said on Tuesday the team had approved plans for the distribution of medical equipment and consumables available in stock to states to fight the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

Mustapha, who disclosed this at the PTF daily briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja, said the physical distribution of the medical equipment and consumables would commence immediately.

He said this would in addition to the equipment and materials donated to the Federal Government by Chinese billionaire, Jack Ma and already shared to the states.

He said: “Governors have been at the head of the response which is encouraging. The State Emergency Operation Centres (EOCs) and their treatment centres are in place.

“There are improved levels of preparedness and response activities- focusing more on strengthening the current capacity where they exist over building new structures.

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“There is obvious need to support the states in strengthening coordination across board.

“More guidance should be provided in the area of non-pharmaceutical interventions.

“Particular attention is to be focused on some states with heavy burden, particularly, Kano; and priority is being placed on Intensive State Level Support.”

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