NCDC DG says no state in Nigeria is COVID-19 free

The director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu has said no state in Nigeria is free from COVID-19.

Ihekweazu made this remark at the presidential task force briefing on Monday.

According to the NCDC DG, states need to boost up testing to discover people with the virus that are asymptomatic.

In his words: “No state in Nigeria is COVID-19 free. No country in the world is COVID-19 free.

“That is why we have to keep doing this work we are doing, testing people, finding out if they have it. Even if some of us are lucky and get away with having asymptomatic infections, we have to test more.

“We can only talk about a state being disease free when we have an effective tool to fight the disease. That will come when we have a vaccine. Until then, there is no easy way to say this. We have to keep pushing for these preventive measures. We have to develop our laboratory capability to test.

“Either you start testing now or you start testing later. But eventually, we will all test. That’s for sure.”

Job Ayantoye

Job is a reporter for, he focuses on bringing local news reports in Nigeria.
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