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COVID-19 response: PSC replaces PTF

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Following the expiration of the terms of the Presidential Working Group (PTF) on COVID-19, President Muhammadu Buhari dissolved the PTF and established the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC).

Mr. Boss Mustapha, president of the PTF and secretary of the government of the federation (SGF), said this during the national briefing of the PTF on Monday in Abuja.

“You will recall that when His Excellency, Mr. President received the end-of-year report from the PTF on December 22, 2020, he authorized the extension of the body’s mandate for three months.

“Following the expiration of the extension on March 31, 2021 and a detailed examination, the PTF submitted its report to the President for the appropriate decisions,” he said.

The president of the PTF added: “The extension by the president has enabled the PTF to vigorously pursue the double objective of the fight against the epidemic, through the reduction of transmission and the reduction of mortality among citizens. vulnerable and infected.

“You will recall that the timeline between November 2020 and February 2021 coincided with a virulent second wave, during which the country experienced the most difficult phase of our national response. The daily number of cases, deaths and the level of non-compliance with public health measures were all very high. “

With the expiration of the PTF’s mandate, according to Mustapha, “The president approved that the PTF move to a presidential steering committee on COVID-19, effective April 1, 2021, with a mandate amended to reflect the non- status. emerging from COVID-19 as a potentially long-term pandemic.

“That the structure of the CPS reflect the new focus of the response with a focused approach on vaccine surveillance, risk communication, international quarantine processes for travel and subnational engagement; and that the mandate of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) will last until December 31, 2021. ”

In the meantime, the PSC would be responsible for; »Maintain the current constitution, functions and strategies of PTFs; be supported by a thin technical and administrative structure; coordinate the deployment, deployment and administration of vaccines.

This would be in addition to “improving multisectoral systems; meet less frequently, while maintaining effective communication with Nigerians, and monitor and verify ongoing systems, reforms and infrastructure development in the health sector, ”Mustapha also said. (NOPE)

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