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Nigeria Desperately Looking For Kits To Expand COVID-19 Testing, Says NCDC

A file photo of the NCDC Director-General, Chikwe Ihekweazu.



The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, has revealed one of the agency’s challenges, in its bid to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.

In a tweet on Sunday, he said the NCDC was in dire need to stock more of the RNA extraction kits to support the expansion of its testing capacity for COVID-19.

Dr Ihekweazu specification and the preferred manufacturers of the test kits the agency needed to effectively combat the spread of the disease.

READ ALSO: Nigeria Records 91 New Cases Of COVID-19, Death Toll Rises To 40

The tweet read:


The NCDC boss made the demand amid the rising cases of COVID-19 in the country which has topped 1,000.

As of April 26, Nigeria has recorded 1,273 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with its death toll at 40 while 239 people have been discharged.

A total of 32 states, and the Federal Capital Territory (FCCT) have recorded at least one case of COVID-19.

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