In a letter sent to the Director-General of NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu by a rights and advocacy group called International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law, Inter-society, they told the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) to step up its game by increasing its test count in a day to contain the virus more quickly.
The also added that more testing Centers should be established in the country at large and most importantly, 3 centers should be made available to Anambra state.
The group said the 3 centers that advised to be created in the state’s three senatorial zones because of the relaxation of the lockdown and the population of the residents.
The statement reads;
“In the area of testing capacity, the country still disappointingly and acutely lags behind. With the UN estimated population of 200 million, to have only 11,000 of its citizens tested is not a good record.
“In Africa, where Nigeria is said to be the giant of the continent, the country is widely surpassed by many in the areas of testing capacity and procurement of testing equipment and trained personnel.
“As of three days ago or on 25th April 2020, available statistics showed that South Africa with 57.8m citizens has tested over 161,000 persons, with 4,793 tested positive and 90 deaths (as of 27th April). Egypt with 98.4m citizens has tested over 90,000 with 4,319 tested positive and 307 deaths.
“Ghana with 29.7m citizens has tested over 88, 188, with 1,550 tested positive and 11 deaths. Abysmally, Nigeria with 200 million citizens has only tested about 11,000 with 1,337 tested positive and 40 deaths. These are just to cite but a few.”
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