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Published On: Wed, Dec 16th, 2020

Sports minister advocates increased testing for COVID-19

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Amidst recent spikes in cases of COVID-19, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare has taken the message for increased testing to the Mangu Permanent Orientation Camp of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Plateau state.
After reviewing the COVID19 control protocols with camp officials, the Minister took the test at the station where arriving corps members are screened.
Mr. Dare called for the strengthening and experience expansion of the testing capacity at NYSC orientation camp while urging for people to strictly observe the preventive measures put in place to slow down the spread of the virus.
He said, “I want to make sure that the testing station is properly set up and working the way it should. The same should go for all our orientation camps across the country.
“There is a second wave of COVID19 being reported and testing is one of the measures to curtail the spread. Even if someone should test positive it will only help ensure the person gets timely medical attention.
“I urge corps members and Nigerians in general to take the test especially when showing symptoms or they have been in areas where there is a high incidence of the virus,” he charged.
Meanwhile, the Minister has urged corps members across the country to sign up for the initiatives of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development that are aimed at investing in Nigerian youth.
While addressing the corps members at Mangu Orientation Camp, the Minister stressed that programmed like the N75 billion Nigeria Youth Investment Fund (NYIF) has already rolled out alongside the training opportunities provided under the DEEL initiative.

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