COVID-19: NCDC under fire over tests, slow response

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NCDC urges state govts. to invest in disease prevention, detection, control
NCDC urges state govts. to invest in disease prevention, detection, control

•Low tests per population; just 5,000 of Nigeria’s near-200 million tested so far
•NCDC’s lines often don’t connect; samples not taken for days
•Only symptomatic patients being tested; aggressive testing needed – Tomori
•How we define cases, by Ihekweazu, says testing capacity being increased
•It is not good enough that we are not testing as many as possible — NMA
•S-Africa carries out 75,000 tests; Ghana 37,400; Egypt 25,000 tests; Nigeria 5,000

By Sola Ogundipe, Health Editor & Chioma Obinna

LAGOS — With a rapidly growing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the country, experts have expressed concern over what they described as slow pace of laboratory testing, and response by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.

Since the onset of the recent pandemic outbreak, some Nigerians have taken to social media to complain about not being able to get tested by the NCDC after several…



Source: Vanguard Newspaper