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The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), with help from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has actuated a shortcode – "6232" for confirmed data.
The number is presented as a general society method to contact NCDC's Connect Center and access confirmed data on COVID-19 and other irresistible sicknesses.
Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Director-General of NCDC, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja that the shortcode was a complementary and simple to-recall number.
As per him, this implies that all calls to NCDC through "6232" are complimentary.
"This is to guarantee that Nigerians approach confirmed data on irresistible infections.
"In 2016, NCDC set up its Connect Center as an essential part of its occasion-based observation and danger interchanges system.
"Throughout the long term, this has been utilized for the reaction to irresistible sickness flare-ups, for example, Lassa fever, monkeypox, yellow fever, cerebrospinal meningitis, among others.
"Following the affirmation of Nigeria's first COVID-19 case in February 2020, NCDC quickly expanded its Connect Center ability to meet the expanding need for data by Nigerians.
"This was done in close cooperation with applicable government organizations and with help from our accomplices," he clarified.
Ihekweazu said that the cell lines were expanded to get numerous calls simultaneously, robotized chatbots were actuated to scatter data continuously, extra-human assets and volunteers were locked in, and another quality confirmation framework was presented.
Between March and December 2020, the NCDC Connect Center got more than 580,000 COVID-19-related calls.
He clarified that "the shortcode number '6232' will be utilized close by the current complementary number – '0800 9700 0010', with a progressive elimination of the current complementary number."
The NCDC supervisor expressed gratitude toward the NCC and its accomplices at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, GAVI, UNICEF, University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), Georgetown University, Resolve to Save Lives, and Interra Networks for their help.
"Moreover, we perceive and thank versatile organization suppliers in Nigeria – Globacom, MTN, Airtel, 9mobile – who kept on supporting our endeavors in speaking with Nigerians," he noted.
Ihekweazu said that the middle remained firmly dedicated to working with applicable government establishments and accomplices to ensure Nigerians' strength.
In any case, he asked Nigerians to utilize the shortcode dependably in getting to confirmed data on COVID-19 and other irresistible illnesses.
He said it was vital that Nigerians keep on holding fast to general wellbeing and security measures, including regular hand washing, physical removal, and the legitimate utilization of face cover.