COVID-19: ‘Nigeria must test more people’

The Coalition for A Better Nigeria has urged the country to ramp-up the number of people it tests for COVID-19.

According to it, too many people who were associated with persons that were diagnosed with the virus are yet to be tested.

By March 22, the country had only tested 152 persons, although the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) recently said testing capacity at its laboratories had increased to 1,500 tests a day.

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South Africa has conducted over 15,500 tests so far despite recording its index case a week later than Nigeria.

For the Coalition’s National Coordinator, Awa Bamiji, this was not good enough.

“In few days to come, if the medical facilities to do the checks and treatment are not established in every state, we may be heading the way of Italy,” he warned.

Bamiji also condemned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for holding a Southwest unification rally in the wake of the pandemic. According to him, it had ‘already brought unforeseen problems to Oyo State in particular, and the Southwest in general, with Governor Seyi Makinde infected too.

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He added: “We, therefore, urge NCDC to employ more hands to start tracing Bayelsa State Governor Douye Diri, his entourage, PDP leaders in the Southwest, journalists, security men, musicians and their bands, and others who attended the rally.”

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