How Nigeria fails to meet 2 million target for COVID-19 testing

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How Nigeria fails to meet 2 million target for COVID-19 testing

Number of samples tested still below 30,000 per day 3 months after

By Sola Ogundipe

Nigeria is currently off-track to achieve its set target of conducting two million COVID-19 tests within three months.

The ambitious target was expected to be met between May and July 2020, as set by the Federal Government as a  strategy to bridge the gap in testing and containing the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

In April 2020 when the target was set by the laboratory strategic group which is responding to the coronavirus outbreak in the country, less than 5,000 tests had been conducted overall.

Towards achieving the target, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, said it was ramping up the national testing capacity from 10,000 to 30,000 tests daily. In line with this, an estimated 50,000 people were to be tested in each of the 36 states and in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.

Statistics from the NCDC COVID-19 microsite of 20th July 2020, showed that only 212,201 samples had been…



Source: Vanguard Newspaper