No tests centers in N/East, N/West, S/East despite rapid spread of COVID-19


despite rapid spread of the coronavirus across Nigeria, there is currently no test centers for COVID-19 in some key population-center cities including Kano, Maiduguri, Abakaliki and others in the country.

As at yesterday (Saturday), findings revealed that there were still no facilities to conduct test for the COVID-19 in the entire South-East, North-West and the North-East geo-political regions.

The measures currently being put in place especially those restricting movements may not record the desired results as the Federal Government failed to put in place basic facilities that will enhance effective containment of the virus across regions.

A report by Daily Trust indicated that the planned testing centres for coronavirus in Kano, Maiduguri and Abakaliki are yet to take off, as the pandemic took the country by storm.

With the daily rise of the disease, the government’s failure is a major impetus for the spread of the disease according to experts.

Records have shown that the number of infected persons doubled within four days adding that most of the cases are in Lagos, which recorded 52, while the Federal Capital Territory, the second highest, has 14 cases.

Already, the virus has spread to all the six geo-political zones of the country raising fears that unless the government takes serious measure, the pandemic can overwhelm the country.

On Thursday, the Federal Government disclosed that it was searching for 4,370 contacts across the country, a development experts said required effective and timely testing capabilities so as to quickly isolate new cases and curtail spread.

The testing centres at the moment are: The NCDC National Reference Laboratory, Abuja; Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Edo; Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Lagos; African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Disease, Ede, Osun State; the Nigeria Institute for Medical Research, Lagos, and the Lagos Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) in Yaba.

These centres are expected to test the rising number of suspected cases by the day. It was gathered that samples from Kano State are still being taken to the NCDC laboratory in Abuja for tests.

According to the paper, officials of the Federal Ministry of Health could not be reached for comments on the reason for the delay in establishing COVID-19 testing centres across the country.


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