28 C
Lagos
Friday, June 5, 2020
Home Health & Fitness Nigeria can now test 1,500 people a day for Coronavirus - Minister...

Nigeria can now test 1,500 people a day for Coronavirus – Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire

The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire has announced that Nigeria now has the capacity to test 1,500 people a day for coronavirus (COVID-19).

Ehanire disclosed this at Thursday’s briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja.

The Minister said;

“With the expanded national case definition and addition of two new laboratories to test for COVID-19 in Ibadan and Ebonyi States, the national testing capacity is now at 1,500 a day. I applaud all our health workers and emergency responders in this critical time.”

Ehanire also revealed that 71 per cent of 6,000 contacts have been traced and they have also intensified effort to reduce the numbers of suspected cases who have not been reached.

The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu disclosed that the health agency has deployed officials to 15 states to boost the fight against the spread of coronavirus.

He said;

“Yesterday (Wednesday) we conducted the highest number of COVID-19 tests and recorded the highest number of positive cases in Nigeria,” Ihekweazu said.

“We have also deployed 15 rapid response teams to support 15 states. This is the largest deployment of resources ever for an outbreak in Nigeria.”

Recall that the virology laboratory of the Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki, Ebonyi which was activated for Coronavirus testing, brought the number of COVID-19 testing labs in Nigeria to seven.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

- Advertisment -

Most Popular

Churches, Mosques get date for limited resumption in Lagos

The Lagos State Government has given June 19 and 21, 2020 as dates for Mosques and Churches in the state to resume...

Report rape cases in your vicinity, NAPTIP DG tells Nigerians

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons has urged Nigerians to report cases of rape within their vicinity to...

Rape: Reps reject castration of rapists

Members of Nigeria’s House of Representatives have killed a motion seeking to recommend castration for rapists. The House, at...

Uti denies rape allegations, threatens to sue

Big Brother Africa 5 winner Uti Nwachukwu has denied rape allegations levelled against him by Kambili Korie. Earlier, on...

Recent Comments