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Nigeria Can Now Test 1,500 People A Day For COVID-19, Says Health Minister

A file picture of the Minister of Well being, Dr Osagie Ehanire, at a press convention in Abuja. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.



The Minister of Well being, Dr Osagie Ehanire, says Nigeria now has the capability to check 1,500 individuals a day for coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Minister made the remark at Thursday’s briefing of the Presidential Job Pressure on COVID-19 in Abuja.

“With the expanded national case definition and addition of two new laboratories to test for COVID-19 in Ibadan and Ebonyi States, the national testing capacity is now at 1,500 a day,” Ehanire mentioned.

He added, “I applaud all our health workers and emergency responders in this critical time.”

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The Minister additionally famous that 71 per cent of 6,000 contacts have been traced and efforts have been being intensified to cut back the numbers of suspected instances who haven’t been reached.

Additionally current on the briefing was the Secretary to the Authorities of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, and the Director-Basic of the Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu.

In his opening speech, Mustapha reiterated that the pandemic was a possible hazard to all of humanity and threatens Nigeria’s economic system and nationwide safety.

Ihekweazu, on his half, revealed that the well being company has deployed officers to 15 states to spice up the battle towards the unfold of coronavirus.

He mentioned, “Yesterday (Wednesday) we conducted the highest number of COVID-19 tests and recorded the highest number of positive cases in Nigeria,” Ihekweazu mentioned.

“We have also deployed 15 rapid response teams to support 15 states. This is the largest deployment of resources ever for an outbreak in Nigeria.”

On Wednesday, the NCDC introduced that the virology laboratory of the Alex Ekwueme Federal Educating Hospital Abakaliki, Ebonyi has been activated for COVID-19 testing.

The Ebonyi laboratory brings the variety of COVID-19 testing labs in Nigeria to seven.

The NCDC mentioned extra laboratories – in Maiduguri, Kano, Sokoto, Port Harcourt, Jos, and Kaduna – are within the means of being added.

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