Coronavirus will circulate to all states in Nigeria – NCDC DG
Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has asserted that every state in Nigeria will have its fair share of Coronavirus pandemic.
The NCDC Boss made the statement during an interview on Channels TV (Sunrise Daily) on Thursday morning.
Comparing COVID-19 to Lassa fever, Ihekweazu said the former is on a larger scale because it’s a respiratory virus
He harped on the need for state governors to face the reality that COVID-19 is a pandemic and ensure their states are prepared to combat the virus.
He said: “We have responded to Lassa smoothly and nobody shut down the country because it wasn’t necessary, the response was fairly efficient.
“Now, COVID-19 is on a much larger scale – at the moment in 22 states but it will grow to every state in Nigeria, there is no reason why it won’t – it is a respiratory virus,”
“We just activated the lab in Kano a few days ago. So, these are the results of the increased testing capacity that we are providing for the country,”
“The tests are fairly robust; I can’t say 100 per cent, but they are as close to that as possible. We had the highest number of positive cases in a single day.
“Since the onset of the outbreak, we are testing a lot more (and) that is beginning to show. It is only so much we can do from NCDC; we are working with the state governments.
“They actually own the response at the state and local levels, and we need all of them now. We really have to face the reality that this is an outbreak, this is a virus.
“It will circulate in Nigeria, absolutely no doubt and our responsibility as a country is to prepare more, to be able to detect, isolate, treat, list contacts, and stop transmission.”