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States must not tamper with COVID-19 figures — PTF



… PTF shocked that to date some states have only 10 tests

… NCDC vows to get root of Kano deaths, reopens shut lab, build another

STATES have been asked not to tamper with information relating to the level coronavirus in their domain.

  Speaking earlier today, during the Presidential Task Force (PTF) Briefing on COVID-19 in Federal Capital  territory (FCT), Abuja, co-ordinator of the PTF, Sani Aliyu said, “states should not see COVID-19 figures as a competition’, emphasizing that the data  is not meant to make any state look good or bad.

  Also during the briefing, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), informed that the COVID-19 test centre in Kano state which was shut down last week reopens today. Director-General (DG) of NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu also informed that his agency has commenced work on another laboratory for COVID-19 tests in Kano State. He explained that the sole centre that was closed last week in the state was shut because the laboratory “was contaminated”. “We are working on a new lab in Bayero University in Kano”, said Dr Ihekweazu.

   He added some other measures NCDC has embarked on to arrest any deterioration of coronavirus pandemic in the state as well as the causes of the reported multiple deaths and mass burials  in Kano.

  “We are also working very hard to investigate the deaths that have happened in Kano.”

  He emphasized thus: “we will not stop till we get to the bottom of this… but we should note that there is no magic bullet to solving this problem.”

  He also explained that during epidemics and pandemics “risks spread more in areas with high population density” like Kano.

  Dr. Ihekweazu also disclosed that NCDC has “just set up a new lab in Sokoto”.

  The NCDC boss added that his agency’s perceived slow pace in engaging private laboratories in the COVID-19 tests is guided by keenness for bio-safety issues.

  He disclosed that as at the moment on four states, Cross River, Kogi, Nasarawa and Yobe have no record of COVID-19 index cases.

  Dr. Aliyu disclosed that the PTF is worried that to date, there are states that have sent in as little as just 10 samples for COVID-19 testing. “This”, he noted, “is not a good development,” hinting that it could mare the anti-COVID-19 fight.

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