- The federal government has revealed how some international travellers tested positive 17 days after arriving in Nigeria
- Sani Aliyu, the national coordinator of PTF on COVID-19 made this known on Tuesday, September 29
- Aliyu said 80 were positive out of the 2,403 passengers tested in Lagos when the exercise started
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The national coordinator of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Sani Aliyu, has said that 80 out of 2,403 tests carried out on international travellers were positive.
The Cable reports that Aliyu, who said this on Tuesday, September 29, during the PTF briefing, explained the need for the repeat of COVID-19 tests being conducted on travellers after seven days of arrival in Nigeria.
Legit.ng reports that he said the patients arrived in the country with a negative PCR test, adding that the repeated test would have been unnecessary if the country had a system of enforcement of isolation that would allow everybody coming into the country to self-isolate for two weeks.
“Of the 2,403 passengers that were tested in Lagos when we started the exercise, 80 were positive. Meanwhile, they had negative COVID-19 PCR test."
The coordinator also asked international travellers to pay only to laboratories on the travel portal of the government for their tests.
“No federal government agency is receiving these funds. The negotiation for the cost is between the state governments and the private labs themselves.
“The charges range between N35,600 for the Kano portal which we are just about to operationalise to N50,400 for Lagos."
The minister of state for health, Olorunnimbe Mamora, also said the federal government has developed a test kit — SARS-COV-2 Isothermal Molecular Assay (SIMA) — that enables the rapid testing of COVID-19 within 40 minutes.
Mamora said the new test kit produces results faster than the Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR), which is currently the sole source of testing in the country.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, said Nigeria does not have enough capacity for the production of Covid-19 vaccines.
It was reported that Ihekweazu made this known on Monday, September 28, during a television programme in Abuja.
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