- The NCDC is overwhelmed with the rising number of coronavirus cases in Nigeria
- The agency on Tuesday, June 2, admitted that it does not know the source of 75% of cases
- Chikwe Ihekeazu, the NCDC boss, noted that this has a lot to do with community transmission
As coronavirus rages on, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has given a mind-blowing submission on the source of most of the cases in the country.
At the Abuja daily briefing on the situation of the virus in Nigeria, the head of NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu, admitted that the source of 75% of the cases is still a mystery to the agency.
Ihekweazu stated that at the onset of the pandemic in Nigeria, cases with travel history dropped from 100% to 2% due to the lockdown all over the world, while “23% of cases are contacts of confirmed cases."
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However, the NCDC boss pointed out that the development is not a cause for worry, adding that “This is normal & reflects ongoing community transmission in Nigeria.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that officials of the NCDC sent to ascertain the COVID-19 status of Kogi had left the state to avoid being sent on isolation and subjected to the COVID-19 test.
The officials of the NCDC had in a meeting with Governor Yahaya Bello said they were sent to Kogi to assist the state in responding to the challenges posed by the pandemic.
Responding, Governor Bello thanked the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari and the Presidential Task Force for rising to the occasion. He said the world must unite to defeat the virus.
The governor reeled out the measures adopted by his government to curtail the spread of the virus in the state. He said the country must move out of the pandemic and provide structures for economic recovery.
He said he had decided to give full insurance to frontline health workers and also increase their hazard allowance from N30, 000 to N50,000 daily to encourage them to put in their best.
The governor, however, said the state had resolved to comply with the protocols of the NCDC by putting the officials in quarantine for 14 days and take their samples to ensure they are COVID-19 free.
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