President Muhammadu Buhari has established a 12-member Presidential Task Force for the Control of the Coronavirus-19 Disease (COVID-19).
This is 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 start and finish task group which would be expected to deliver within a maximum period of six months”, said statement issued by the presidency on Monday.
It said that task force comprises the following:
a. Mr. Boss Mustapha (Secretary to the Government of the Federation) as Chairman.
b. Dr. Sani Aliyu – National Coordinator.
c. Hon. Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire.
d. Hon. Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola.
e. Hon. Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika.
f. Hon. Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Services, Sadiya Umar Farouk.
g. Hon. Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu
h. Hon. Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed
i. Hon. Minister of Environment, Mohammed Mahmud.
j. Director-General, State Services, Yusuf Bichi.
k. Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu.
l. Word Health Organization (WHO) Country Representative.