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COVID-19: NCDC Reveals New Strategies For Coronavirus Testing In Nigeria

A file photograph of the NCDC Director Common, Chikwe Ihekweazu.


The Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC) has been explaining what it has doing concerning testing COVID-19 instances within the nation.

In a life briefing by the Presidential Process Drive on Friday, the Director Common of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, mentioned the company has developed a brand new testing and that technique will likely be made obtainable to everybody.

Whereas noting that coronavirus requires a number of very vital considering, Ihekweazu mentioned it could seem that Nigeria’s response to testing instances of coronavirus is sluggish.

In accordance with him, the company is making good use of validated know-how at its disposal to ramp up testing measures concerning the virus.

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“We purpose to extend entry to testing as new testing modalities additionally grow to be obtainable. The success of this technique relies on our skill to leverage on the prevailing infrastructure for testing but in addition to quickly embrace testing muds which are obtainable by different illness programmes.

“First is to increase our present laboratory networks as we’ve got been doing and asserting often. Secondly is to make use of labs which have been beforehand used for HIV testing.

“And yesterday we received our first consignment of reagent for these checks, that piece of kit. We will likely be attempting it out on the Nationwide reference Lab after which scaling up very quickly.

“The third technique is to make use of the purpose of testing usually known as mass testing of their aesthetics. So we’ve got had our challenges.

“Like with each different factor, it isn’t at all times the primary individual off the block that wins the race. So we’ve got quietly put our heads down, labored with our companions, developed our methods, made our plans and now we’re able to scale testing in Nigeria,” he mentioned.

Talking additional, the NCDC boss mentioned the nationwide technique to scale up COVID-19 testing in Nigeria is prepared.

He defined that the company receives provides from people and company our bodies concerning testing of coronavirus instances, asking anybody that has helpful data or recommendation on testing to return ahead with their proposals.

Ihekweazu additionally needs Nigerians to examine up the nationwide technique because it pertains to COVID-19 testing on the web site

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