NCDC Targets Testing Two Million Nigerians Within Three Months
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has set the target of testing a total number of two million people within the next three months.
This was announced by the DG of NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu, during the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
Ihekweazu who admitted that this is an ambitious target added that this is necessary because the best way to reduce the spread of the deadly virus is by testing more people.
“Our goal is to avoid transmission and to keep the states with no case or few cases exactly that way.
“How are we going to do this? We have learned from every country that the only way to do this is to test more people. The laboratory strategic group that is responding to this outbreak has set itself the target of testing two million people in the next three months.
“This is a very ambitious target. We are working very hard with our development partners and all our friends to equip our labs to be able to do this,” he said.
The NCDC boss, therefore, called for collaboration from all involved in order to make this target achievable.
He urged state governments, public health departments across states, and residents to support the NCDC to achieve the target.
“It is going to cost us a lot of money but we can’t do this without a lot of collaborations from everyone.
“In order to test two million people in three months across the country, we need to test about 50,000 per state. There is no other way we can achieve this, we need the cooperation of every state government in Nigeria, every department of public health.
“We need the collaboration of people living in these states. The only entry point into control of this outbreak is through testing,” he added.
He concluded that, although Nigeria is lagging behind as regards testing in proportion to its population and in comparison to some other countries, this is the time to wake up and test more.
“We are lagging behind, but now we have to catch up,” Ihekweazu said.
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