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NCDC reveals 12,000 contacts on radar after exposure to COVID-19 patients

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Friday, May 2; announced that about 12,000 contacts were being traced for sample and testing in a bid to curtail the spread of the COVID-19.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Director-General of the NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu.

Ihekweazu spoke at the daily Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja; said Nigerians must learn to refrain from stigmatising infected persons.

“We are at the beginning of a journey and until we have a vaccine, we will need to learn to live with COVID-19 in our country. If we start stigmatising each other, I don’t know where to stop because the same group stigmatising one group will end up being infected tomorrow.

“In terms of the number of contact tracing, every day there are new cases and new contacts; but cumulatively, there are 12,000 contacts across the country.”

He noted, “We are driven by evidence and if we see increasing transmission in the market; we will go to that market; but we are not going to set up a stand in every market across Nigeria to collect samples. We look at the date to make a decision; but if we have to go to the market, we will do that exactly.”

Ihekweazu said that the centre has conducted 2,000 samples on Thursday across the country, the highest so far.

Meanwhile, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it has not approved any drug or vaccine for the treatment of COVID-19.

The Director-General of the agency, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, said in a statement on Saturday, May 2; that NAFDAC had not granted approval for any vaccine for the treatment and cure of COVID-19.

“To put the record straight, no drugs or vaccines have been given approval in the country for the cure of COVID-19.

“While the medical researchers globally, the Federal Government of Nigeria and the World Health Organisation (WHO), are working tirelessly on the discovery of vaccines and drugs to cure COVID-19; the agency urges the public to desist from making unsubstantial claims.

“NAFDAC is the only authority in the country to grant approval to such drugs and vaccines,” Adeyeye said.

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