The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has announced that over 2,000 persons have now been tested for COVID-19 in the country.
He said he was working with state commissioners of health to identify more isolation and treatment centres, which would be accredited by a select-committee.
The minister also urged retired medical workers to ready themselves to be called up if necessary to help in the effort to curb the pandemic.
“As of now, well over 2,000 persons have been tested with the hope of further expanding and improving diagnostic capacity across board, to shorten turnaround time and increase volume.
“Since this week, two more laboratories were added to NCDC network of molecular laboratories for COVID-19 at University College Hospital Ibadan and Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, increasing test sites to seven to start scaling up testing capacity with hope of even further increase, when human resources are mobilized for round-the-clock shift duty.
“A call is hereby issued for certified public health Lab. scientists, including Retirees, to indicate readiness for duty by sending an email to NCDC or using the call lines.
“No Rapid Diagnostic Tests offered in the open market have been validated by the World Health Organization: the results they give are unreliable.
You have to be tested in one of Nigeria’s presently seven COVID-19 molecular laboratories, to have valid results.
“Vaccines against Coronavirus are still a long way off, so that interventions such as social distancing and self-isolation are all we have to curb the spread of the disease.”