Experts are expressing fears that many people across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) might have been exposed to the coronavirus (COVID-19) but their status could not be ascertained because only 0.01% of the population has been tested which is an insignificant size.
Though they commended the federal government’s efforts towards establishing testing centres in different parts of the country, the experts called for renewed vigour in that direction to forestall emergency situation that would overwhelm existing facilities.
But the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, has disclosed that his team was looking for about 6,000 people who had contacts with COVID-19 patients in Lagos and Abuja.
The NCDC boss said so far, 2,000 people had been tested for coronavirus nationwide.
However, Dr. Ifeanyichukwu Casmir, national publicity secretary of the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (ALMSN), one of the experts spoken to, said testing 2000 for COVID-19 in a population of about 200 million people was grossly inadequate and insignificant.