Coronavirus: FG reveals no infrastructure, possibility of mass testing due to large populace

The Federal Government has said that conducting mass testing for Coronavirus in Nigeria would not be feasible now given the nation’s over 200 million population.

The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, disclosed this while fielding questions from newsmen; after the arrival of the Chinese experts and some equipment in Abuja on Wednesday, April 8.

He said that the government was rather continuing with its targeted testing for those who had been abroad or those who may have come in contact with any positive case.

“We have 200 million citizens and mass testing is not something that I think is very feasible now, we are doing targeted testing.

“We are targeting those who are likely to have been affected; so we are looking at areas and persons who meet certain criteria that we set.

“Criteria of having been abroad; having been in contact with persons who have been abroad or have been in a cluster of places where we have a lot of positives.

“Even though it is going into secondary we are doing what is called smart testing; in order to identify the coronavirus cases that are giving us concern,” he said.

He said researches were ongoing in many countries and that government would rely on science and advice from WHO to overcome the coronavirus pandemic.

Meanwhile, a team of Chinese doctors and experts who arrived in Nigeria on Wednesday to assist the country in tackling the coronavirus; will remain in quarantine for 14 days, 1st News has learnt.

The team, which arrived in Nigeria through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja; was received by a Federal Government delegation led by Ehanire. The Chinese team of doctors and experts came along with a new consignment of kits and medical equipment.

Speaking to newsmen after their arrival; Ehanire thanked the Chinese government for sending experts and equipment to assist Nigeria in tackling the coronavirus pandemic.

While congratulating China for being able to successfully manage the pandemic; the minister said that Nigeria had much to learn from the experiences of the Asian country.

However, Ehanire said that the experts would be quarantined for 14 days; before they begin working fully in Nigeria.

“They will be in quarantine for 14 days. They knew that before they came and they have undergone tests before they left their country. Nevertheless, they would be in quarantine for 14 days.

“The NCDC has gone to see where they will be in quarantine and they will be paying visits there; throughout the 14 days.”


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