The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has declared that no state within the nation can declare to be COVID-19 free.
It defined the one method states and nations internationally might be COVID-19 free is when a vaccine to successfully battle the virus is found.
The Director-General of the NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, who made these recognized in Abuja, throughout the day by day briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, urged states to accentuate their efforts on strict compliance with preventive measures.
He stated: “Concerning some States declaring themselves covid-19 free as a result of they have been discharging sufferers, I’ll prefer to say no single state in Nigeria is COVID-19 free, not one.
“No nation on this planet is COVID-19 free. Even New Zealand that is an island state is nonetheless having new circumstances after a interval of not having any. We can’t separate ourselves from the remainder of the nation as a result of we dwell in a context and viruses unfold.
“That is why prevention is crucial; in case you can’t stop, then you need to detect. It is that detection that we name lab testing, and that is why we now have to scale our lab take a look at.
“We can solely begin speaking about any state or neighborhood being disease-free when we now have an efficient software to battle that illness. That will come when we now have a vaccine. Until then, there is no simple strategy to say this. We need to preserve pushing on these preventive measures and we now have to develop our laboratory capability to check.
“I feel there are six or seven states within the nation that would not have a testing facility but; there are some which might be in progress utilizing the GeneXpert expertise. By subsequent week, we can say that the nation is coated.
“The problem will now be about how you can convey the samples from one a part of the state to the opposite relying on how large the state is. We need to make sure that we now have testing capabilities in each State in Nigeria.”