Monday, June 01, 2020 / 10:10 AM / by Proshare
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The Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) recently provided an update on its efforts and activities towards combatting the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.
Below is an abridged update on its activities and its next phase of actions.
Expanded Testing And Case Management Capacity Phase 1
The coalition has invested a considerable amount of time and effort in better understanding the challenges confronting the country and how best to learn from the limited experiences of others going through similar challenges. The work of its Technical Committee has been fundamental to developing the in-house scientific and intellectual knowledge that has driven its approach to date.
At national level, CACOVID is supporting the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC)'s contact tracing activities. The coalition is also funding part of the Surveillance Outbreak Response Management and Analysis System (SORMAS) which digitizes the surveillance information system.
CACovid has secured in-principle commitments for 250,000 COVID-19 testing supplies directly with the manufacturers, which it expects to arrive in Nigeria over the next few weeks. The specific test kit being purchased are manufactured by Roche.
The order for 250,000 test kits will enable the country to significantly scale up Nigeria's capacity to test for COVID-19 with the attendant improvement in controlling the spread of the virus.
At the sub-national level, CACOVID represents that it is supporting the establishment of six (6) Patient Isolation Centres in Phase 1. These are located in Lagos, Kano, Rivers, Abuja, Borno, and Enugu. Three of these Centres, in Kano - (Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano), Lagos - (Mainland's General Hospital, Yaba) and Port Harcourt - (Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium, PH) are purpose built facilities; while the other three Centres (Enugu, Borno and Abuja) are converted existing medical buildings that will be supplied with vital PPEs and medical supplies over the next two weeks.
Public Service Messaging And Social Behavior Change Campaign
The CACOVID Communications Committee has been developing and running public service messaging and behavior change campaign since the launch of the coalition through unique branding, targeted radio and outdoor advertising andmessage spots, as well as the use of key coalition Partners and public Influencers.
The next phase of the campaign will see additional messaging on various domestic and international broadcast platforms. CACOVID is still inviting you and I to engage with its Communications Team to further contribute to developing and driving additional messaging to reach an even wider audience.
Supply And Distribution of Essential Palliatives
The severe dislocation to the national and global economy brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated the difficult economic condition across the country. More specifically, the necessary lockdowns and attendant disruption of logistics and food supply across the country threatens to push millions of Nigerians into poverty and despair.
Accordingly, the Supervising Committee of CACOVID has approved an initial budget of N21Billion for the purchase of food items to be distributed to 1.7 million households across Nigeria immediately.
CACOVID will be working with State and Local Governments in partnership with its members and civil society groups to ensure effective distribution of the food items. In the next few days the food packages will be purchased and ready for distribution across the States.
Phase 2 Rollout - 20 Centres
In the next 14 days, CACOVID represents that orders for Medical Equipment, PPEs, Test Kits etc. will be received for further delivery to the 20 states that make up Phase 2 of CACOVID intervention.
Classification of these States across the 6 Geographical Zones are shown below: