The Nigerian Center for Disease Control, NCDC, said Thursday that it received more than 580,000 phone calls related to COVID-19 between March and December 2020.
The Center, whose mandate includes “leading the preparation, detection and response to infectious disease outbreaks and public health emergencies,” revealed this in a statement titled: ‘NCDC Announces 6232 as Short Code for Public Inquiries’
The health agency described the quick code as a strategic tool for its surveillance and risk communication activities.
Revealed in partnership with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the short code requires no fees and allows Nigerians to access verified information on COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.
NCDC CEO Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu was quoted as saying: “Between March and December 2020, the NCDC Connect Center received more than 580,000 COVID-19 related phone calls.
“The short code number ‘6232’ will be used in conjunction with the existing toll free number, ‘0800 9700 0010’, with a phasing out of the existing toll free number.
“The NCDC remains firmly committed to working with relevant government institutions and partners to protect the health of Nigerians.”
According to the release, the short code can also be used to obtain verified information on other infectious diseases.
“We urge the public to use the short code responsibly, when accessing verified information on COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.”