Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director-Common of the Nigeria Middle for Illness Management, has warned Nigerians towards false optimism following ‘COVID-19 free’ declarations by some state governments.
Ihekweazu stated no state within the nation could be declared Coronavirus free until a vaccine was developed to deal with the virus.
The NCDC boss made this identified in Abuja through the every day briefing of the Presidential Process Power on COVID-19 on Monday.
He stated, “Regarding some states declaring themselves COVID-19 free as a result of they had been discharging sufferers, I’ll prefer to say no single state in Nigeria is COVID-19 free, not one.
“No nation on this planet is COVID-19 free. Even New Zealand that’s an island state remains to be having new circumstances after a interval of not having any. We will’t separate ourselves from the remainder of the nation as a result of we stay in a context and viruses unfold.
“That’s the reason prevention is essential; if you happen to can’t forestall, then you need to detect. It’s that detection that we name lab testing, and that’s the reason we have now to scale our lab take a look at.
“We will solely begin speaking about any state or neighborhood being disease-free when we have now an efficient software to combat that illness. That can come when we have now a vaccine. Till then, there is no such thing as a straightforward approach to say this. We’ve to maintain pushing on these preventive measures and we have now to develop our laboratory capability to check.
“I feel there are six or seven states within the nation that should not have a testing facility but; there are some which can be in progress utilizing the GeneXpert know-how. By subsequent week, we can say that the nation is roofed.
“The problem will now be about tips on how to convey the samples from one a part of the state to the opposite relying on how huge the state is. We need to be sure we have now testing capabilities in each state in Nigeria.”