The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced a newly activated shortcode for reaching the centre. The code is 6232.
The Director-General of NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Director-General, on Thursday, said the number was introduced as a means for the public to contact NCDC’s Connect Centre and access verified information on COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.
Ihekweazu recalled that in 2016, NCDC established its Connect Centre as a critical aspect of its event-based surveillance and risk communications strategy.
He disclosed that between March and December 2020, the NCDC Connect Centre received over 580,000 COVID-19 related phone calls, adding that the new shortcode will be used alongside the existing toll-free number – 0800 9700 0010 – which would gradually phased-out.
As reported by Daily Post, NCDC reminded Nigerians to always adhere to public health and safety measures including regular handwashing, physical distancing and proper use of face masks.