By Adebayo Fajinmi
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in the effort to effectively contain the spread of Covid-19 has reiterated the need to desist from an unimportant trip during the Easter and Ramadan celebrations.
Its Director-General, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu said in Abuja that it is very important to adhere to public health and social measures required to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19.
“As Nigerians plan to celebrate Easter and begin Ramadan, it is very important to remember the public health and social measures required to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19.
“It is very important to remember the public health and social measures required to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19,’’ he said.
Ihekweazu stressed the need for sustained testing as an effective public health response to detect, isolate and treat cases of COVID-19.
“Testing is one of the key components in Nigeria’s response to the pandemic.
“The benefits of getting tested include ascertaining the incidence of COVID-19 in the community, opportunity to break the chain of transmission in the community and tracking of mutation of SARS-CoV-2 in the country,” he added.
He also said the number of collection sites and laboratories had increased in the country making testing more accessible and effective.
“The capacity for testing has increased in Nigeria since the outbreak began, from four laboratories to 129 functional laboratories. Of these, 48 are private laboratories and eight are corporate laboratories.
“Each state and the FCT have several sample collection sites with at least one molecular laboratory to test.
“Samples are tested daily to ensure results are communicated to the clients, patients and/or managing team for optimum care,” he explained.
He therefore noted that it is important that Nigerians utilise these resources in order to control the spread of COVID-19.