Coronavirus: Kano NCDC Resumes Testing Monday

The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, has said the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) would resume Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing in Kano State on Monday (today).

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Ehanire revealed this when he appeared on Channels TV on Sunday night.

Kano, which is the third worst hit state with 77 confirmed cases of COVID-19, was said to have stopped testing after the state’s NCDC branch was shut down. Officials of the agency were said to have tested positive for the virus.

“The testing center should be back on stream tomorrow because a team has gone there now from NCDC and have arrived there today. They should be able to resumed screening tomorrow (Monday).”

The minister blamed Kano’s lack of experience for its poor response to COVID-19.

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Ehanire expressed confidence that the state could effectively manage the outbreak of the virus with the right resources and adherence to protocols.

The minister also responded to questions on whether President Muhammadu Buhari would lift the lockdown declared in Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

“The President in his wisdom will decide if the lockdown will be lifted.

“We do think that the restriction of movement limits significantly the spread of the virus.

“The models we have seen show that we have not gotten to the peak yet,” said Ehanire.

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