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Coronavirus: Nigeria states are not testing enough – NCDC

Coronavirus: Nigeria states are not testing enough - NCDC
Nigeria Centers Disease Control, Dr. Chikwe-Ihekweazu

Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has expressed dissatisfaction that some states were still not testing enough any longer for the coronavirus pandemic the way they have done in the past.

According to him, that was making it difficult to understand the burden of the disease for an effective response on the part of the NCDC.

Speaking at the briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Thursday in Abuja, he mentioned the states that were not testing enough as Adamawa, Cross River, Ebonyi, Jigawa, Kogi, Osun and Zamfara States.

“It’s important to test, to manage the outbreak and plan for vaccination”, He said.

The DG further noted that the FCT, Lagos, and Kaduna currently have the highest cases so far as Lagos still remains the pandemic centre.

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The NCDC boss used the medium to advise Nigerians on the effect and danger of large gathering as this will increase the spread of the virus as other nations of the world are already experiencing the second wave of the virus.

While being specific on the Yuletide season which is fast approaching and as the festive period draws near, Ihekweazu again urged Nigerians to adhere to the COVID-19 protocols as it is seaming many had thrown caution into the wind.

“The numbers are not looking good and we need to take this very seriously as we plan for the end of the year,” Ihekweazu urged.



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