- Recent information from the NCDC indicates that the drop in the number of coronavirus cases does not reflect the reality on ground
- The health agency disclosed that the decline in the number of infections is due to the reduction in testing
- The NCDC stated that no state in the country collected more than 1,000 samples for testing in August
Recent information from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has indicated that the drop in the number of coronavirus cases does not mean the country has fewer infections.
The health agency on Monday, August 31, at a briefing disclosed that the reduced number of infections is due mainly to the decline in testing by states, The Cable reported.
Elsie Ilori, the head of disease surveillance for the NCDC said no state in the country collected more than 1,000 samples for testing in August.
Similarly, the minister of health, Osagie Ehanire told the audience at the briefing that the fall in COVID-19 cases does not imply that the virus’ curve is flattened.
“We are beginning to see a situation where the number of those treated and discharged exceeds the number of positive cases detected.
While these figures may seem reassuring, they may be deceptive, and we cannot assume that the curve is flattening, since we are yet to perfect due diligence on our side,” Ehanire said.
Meanwhile, the Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, on Friday, August 28, commissioned the fourth coronavirus molecular laboratory to boost testing capacity for the disease in the state and to contain the pandemic.
Commissioning the testing facility at Lily Hospital in Benin city, the governor said the laboratory is the first privately owned PCR laboratory in the south-south region of the country.
He noted that several investments have continued to flood the state following the conducive environment created in the state by his government.
In another news, a popular Nigerian preacher, Bishop David Oyedepo has said he would lay his hands and breathe into any COVID-19 patient brought to him for prayer.
Oyedepo who is the founder and presiding bishop of the Living Faith Chapel made the statement during one of the church’s services, Covenant Hour of Prayer (CHoP), The Cable reported.
The preacher said he would not wear gloves to do so but would lay his bare hands on the patient to receive healing.
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