Every state in Nigeria will have its share of coronavirus - NCDC boss
- Chikwe Ihekweazu, the director-general of the NCDC, said coronavirus will get to every state in the country
- Ihekeawzu explained that there is no reason the disease won't grow to other states as it is a respiratory virus
- The NCDC boss insisted that the country cannot run away from the outbreak
Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) director-general, is of the opinion that every Nigerian state will have its share of the global pandemic called coronavirus.
Ihekweazu made the disclosure while speaking on Channels Television breakfast show, Sunrise Daily, on Thursday, April 16.
The NCDC boss stressed that though the federal government was making efforts to further curb the spread of the virus, it has been a tough task.
He said: “We have responded to Lassa smoothly and nobody shut down the country because it wasn’t necessary, the response was fairly efficient.
“Now, COVID-19 is on a much larger scale – at the moment in 22 states but it will grow to every state in Nigeria, there is no reason why it won’t – it is a respiratory virus.”
Ihekweazu in reaction to the differences in the figures of confirmed cases released by the health agency and the numbers in some states noted that the NCDC has been working hard to tackle the virus while the state authorities have their roles to play.
While insisting that the country cannot run away from the outbreak, the NCDC boss said the agency would continue to be transparent with the results and stimulate more responses from various aspects of the government.
The NCDC boss said: “We really have to face the reality that this is an outbreak, this is a virus. It will circulate in Nigeria, absolutely no doubt and our responsibility as a country is to prepare more, to be able to detect, isolate, treat, list contacts, and stop transmission.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Ihekweazu disclosed that 90% of COVID-19 patients recover without any intervention.
The NCDC DG made this known at the media briefing of the presidential task force on COVID-19 on Wednesday, April 8.
Legit.ng gathers that Ihekweazu was reacting to a question on how the governor of Oyo state, Seyi Makinde, recovered from the virus in less than one week.
In other news, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed 34 new coronavirus cases in the country. The agency announced the latest cases in a tweet late Wednesday, April 15.
“Thirty-four new cases of #COVID19 have been reported as follows: 18 Lagos, 12 in Kano. 2 in Katsina, 1 in Delta, 1 in Niger. As at 11:20 pm 15th April there are 407 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria. 128 have been discharged with 12 deaths,” the tweet read.
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