NCDC urged to establish more COVID-19 testing centres
NCDC: A rights and advocacy group, Worldwide Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Regulation, Inter-society, has known as on the Nationwide Centre for Illness Management (NCDC) to step up its testing capability, as that can unravel hidden circumstances of COVID-19 within the nation.
The group in a letter it wrote to the Director-General of the centre, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, called on the centre to establish more COVID-19 testing centres in the country, asking that three centres be particularly established in Anambra State.
The group mentioned the institution of three testing facilities in Anambra was crucial, with one in every of the three senatorial zones because of her population, and the latest leisure of the lockdown order by the state governor.
The group which praised NCDC for the job it’s doing mentioned the centre ought to be counseled, despite the fact that her efforts haven’t reached the suitable commonplace.
“Within the space of testing capability, the nation nonetheless disappointingly and acutely lags behind. With UN estimated inhabitants of 200 million, to have solely 11,000 of its residents examined will not be an excellent document.
“In Africa, the place Nigeria is alleged to be the enormous of the continent, the nation is extensively surpassed by many within the areas of testing capability and procurement of testing gear and skilled personnel.
“As at three days in the past or on 25th April, 2020, obtainable statistics confirmed that South Africa with 57.8m residents, has examined over 161,000 individuals, with 4,793 examined optimistic and 90 deaths (as at 27th April). Egypt with 98.4m residents has examined over 90,000 with 4,319 examined optimistic and 307 deaths.
“Ghana with 29.7m residents, has examined over 88, 188, with 1,550 examined optimistic and 11 deaths. Abysmally, Nigeria with 200 million residents has solely examined about 11,000 with 1,337 examined optimistic and 40 deaths. These are simply to quote however a number of.”
The group mentioned extra testing centres will assist Nigeria beat the virus quick.