“WE HAVE CARRIED OUT 10,000 TESTS TILL DATE”- NCDC

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has uncovered that till date, 10,000 people have been tried for coronavirus (COVID-19) in the nation.
The Director-General of the NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, who unveiled this at the day by day preparation of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, on Thursday in Abuja, asked individuals to quit playing the round of numbers by contrasting Nigeria’s trying limit and that of nations like South Africa, Ghana and so forth.
As indicated by him, “We have an awesome system around testing.
Up to this point, we had around 5,000 test however a week ago, we have moved from 5,000 to 10,000 tests. We are going to keep on scaling up our testing quickly. We have recently got our first arrangement of reagents for high throughput testing.
“We know that the numbers are always thrown around comparing us with South Africa and Ghana, but we are not playing the game of numbers here, these are people’s lives – human beings. Before we test anyone, we go through a risk assessment to make sure it is appropriate to test the person.”
Concerning the situation in Kano state, the NCDC boss said:
“We need time. We have reported that there have been deaths. Our first line of action is to verify if it is true and what will be our next line of action if that is the case.
“We have a team that is working with the government of Kano state to verify the incident and make sure that what is going on is actually what is being reported. Then, we will carry out control measures and see if it is an infectious disease, COVID-19, or something else.
“Unlike Lagos that has a gradual increase in cases, the cases are really increasing rapidly in Kano state. Kano state situation is not a very simple thing to manage. We are working with them to increase the organizational efficiency of response. Also, the treatment centre in Kano state have a capacity of about 300.”
The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, in his address, added: “Every country has its own strategy to combat the coronavirus. In Nigeria, we are not flattening the curve but we are pushing the curve to one side so that we have enough time to prepare our ‘not very strong’ health system.
“Also, in the beginning, we did not have enough reagents, in fact, we carried out our tests in South Africa. But two months down the line, we can carry out our own tests with the 13 existing NCDC laboratories across the country.
“Concerning the use of rapid test kits, the World Health Organization (WHO), has not validated any of it. They believe that the results are not reliable but it probably gives you a direction. Therefore, there is not enough faith in a rapid diagnostic test.”

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