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We are underutilizing the materials we have for COVID-19 test – NCDC
According to tot he agency, this was made possible through testing infrastructure available. He said they can conveniently carry out 15,000 daily COVID-19 tests, but the country is yet to fully utilise this capacity, as only 40 percent of it is being deployed.
Speaking during a television interview in Abuja, the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu said the testing is not just about the laboratories but about the sample collection.
“Encouraging people not to be fatigued, not to worry – to have confidence in the system, and to come up when they are sick, and to provide samples to be tested.
“Second challenge is the logistics to get those tests collected into the lab. We have been working over the last week with States to improve the efficiency of this.
“How we have gotten to 64 laboratories is that we have gone across the country and wherever we see some minimum capacity, we have worked with them to quickly upgrade what they have in order to get them to the level of testing – whether it’s in a university, in a state hospital, in a federal teaching hospital.”