Increase testing for COVID-19 now, Health Writers urge NCDC

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Increase testing for COVID-19 now, Health Writers urge NCDC
NCDC DG, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu

By Chioma Obinna

With just over 5,000 Nigerians tested for COVID-19, the Health Writers Association of Nigeria, HEWAN, has called on the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, to urgently scale up laboratory testing across the country even as it urged the Federal government to institute proper incentives for frontline health workers in the fight against the virus.

In a statement made available to Good Health Weekly, the group stated: “With the rate at which cases are rising in Nigeria, there could be more individuals infected with the new coronavirus, if appropriate measures are not taken to limit the spread in states and within the healthcare delivery system.”

Noting that COVID-19 has brought out gaps in the country’s health system, HWEAN said government at all levels should begin to fund research efforts by scientists in the country.

“Research effort is vital if Nigeria wants to end this pandemic and prevent future tragedies….



Source: Vanguard Newspaper