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10 March 2020

Buhari appoints presidential task force to control spread of COVID-19.

President Muhammadu Buhari names a twelve-member Presidential Task Force for the Control of the COVID-19.

The task force is chaired by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.

A statement by Buhari’s media aide, Garba Shehu, announced the appointment on Monday in Abuja.

The statement said the task force became imperative because of the current global outbreak of Coronavirus and its potential of causing significant disruption to health services in the country, as well as impacting negatively on the economy.

According to Shehu, it was in preparation for the unlikely but probable major outbreak of the disease in the country which would require a multi-sectoral inter-governmental approach as advised by the World Health Organization similar to that adopted for the HIV epidemic in the last two decades.

The committee has a mandate of six months to deliver on the assignment.

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