Nigerian’s Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire has announced that the country can now capably test about 1500 persons daily for Coronavirus (COVID-19).
He made this known 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.
“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.”
The number of Coronavirus testing centered became 7 after the virology laboratory of the Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki, Ebonyi was activated for that purpose.
Meanwhile Nigeria has now reached 190 confirmed cases of the disease with new persons testing positive.
See NCDC tweets below