The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has activated four new laboratories as part of efforts to expand it’s testing capabilities.
Stating this on THISDAY sister broadcast station, Arise News Channel Friday, the Director-General, NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, said one of the centres will be in Abakaliki, one in Port Harcourt and one in Ibadan.
He said: “Lagos and Abuja are activating treatment centres. This needs to also happen in other states. We need to preserve the hospitals for those that are severely ill, and in other to do that, we need to have alternative treatment and isolation centres where most people that do not require ventilator can be put together safely. We are not ready yet, but we are working and increasing our level of preparedness every day.
“The minister of health is completely focused on this and he has been going around every day making sure we have these facilities and he has been calling up the commissioners.”
“Most states have identified treatment centres and we are calling on the governors to take personal responsibility to make sure that these spaces are ready. People do not take it seriously until they have their first, fifth and 10th case.
While commending Lagos State for showing leadership, scaling up treatment, diagnosis and information, he cleared the air on the misinformation regarding the six confirmed cases recorded in a vessel Thursday.
He said: “on the six cases from a vessel, the ship hadn’t berthed yet in Lagos port when we went on a helicopter to meet it. We then tested 50 people on the ship for the virus. Six eventually came out positive.”