The Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC) has activated a shortcode – 6232 for reaching the NCDC.
Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Director-Common, made this recognized in an announcement on Thursday.
He stated the quantity was launched as a method for the general public to contact NCDC’s Join Centre and entry verified info on COVID-19 and different infectious ailments.
“The shortcode is a toll-free and easy-to-remember quantity, which signifies that all calls to NCDC by way of “6232” are freed from cost”, he famous.
Ihekweazu recalled that in 2016, NCDC established its Join Centre as a essential side of its event-based surveillance and danger communications technique.
“Over time, this has been used for the response to infectious illness outbreaks equivalent to Lassa fever, monkeypox, yellow fever, cerebrospinal meningitis and so on.”
The DG disclosed that between March and December 2020, the NCDC Join Centre obtained over 580,000 COVID-19 associated telephone calls.
He added that the brand new shortcode shall be used alongside the prevailing tollfree quantity – 0800 9700 0010 – which might step by step phase-out.
NCDC reminded Nigerians to all the time adhere to public well being and security measures together with common handwashing, bodily distancing and correct use of face masks.
COVID-19: NCDC pronounces new toll-free quantity