- Zamfara state has questioned NCDC over new coronavirus cases
- The government said the state only recorded two cases and not 10
- As a result of this, it demanded written apology from the agency
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has been questioned over the number of confirmed coronavirus cases announced by the agency on Monday, May 18, by the Zamfara state government.
This was disclosed by the state's commissioner for Health in the state, Yahaya Kanoma, Channels TV reports.
He said the state recorded only two cases on Monday and not 10 cases as confirmed by the NCDC.
According to him, the state government had informed the agency about the error and demanded that it should be rectified immediately.
“Our records have shown that when results from the centre returned, we had a total of 76 cases made up of 45 discharged, 26 in isolation and five fatalities. So, we don’t know where NCDC got the additional eight.
“We approached the centre which could not give a convincing explanation, and so we demanded a written apology which they promised to send, as well as withdraw the media publicity that we had 10 new cases.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that a report indicates that Zamfara state governor, Bello Mohammed Matawalle in an effort to increase the testing capacity has launched the largest zero-contact testing centre in Nigeria.
The governor explained that the provision of the state of the art facilities was in line with his administration’s plan to rid the state of the deadly virus and protect health workers who are at the frontline of the fight against COVID-19.
Matawalle in a statement issued and signed by Yusuf Idris Gusau, the director-general media said the initiative provides an opportunity for regular tests and to isolate people who get infected.
He described the intervention as part of the bigger strategy of the government in response to the pandemic.
The governor while noting that Zamfara state with the COVID-19 sample collection booths will be cutting costs by achieving more with less, added that it will equally ensure timely delivery because the booth can be deployed in border towns and remote areas.
He explained that sample collection booths can be converted into telemedicine booths after the end of coronavirus.
According to Matawalle, Zamfara remains one of the states with the best approach to containing the pandemic having built an ultramodern isolation centre, procured more PPEs among other measures taken.
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