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COVID19 cases continued to decline; since January 2021.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced that the number of COVID-19 cases have continued to decline across the country since January 25.


It, however, stressed that it will continue to scale up testing, risk communication and all the other response activities.


The agency urged Nigerians to take responsibility for their COVID-19 test results by getting tested in accredited laboratories across the country.


The NCDC said many travellers were turned back and handed over to security agents for presenting fake COVID-19 test results.


NCDC Director-General Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu made these known in Abuja during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.


He said: “In Nigeria, COVID-19 cases have continued to decline. However, our response activities continue. We have seen a decline in the number of cases now across eight consecutive weeks.


However, we are still scaling testing, pushing hard on risk communication, and all the other activities. We will continue to do so every single day and every week over the next few months.

“We have been working with many states to roll out rapid diagnostic test kits and we are happy with the progress being made. We urge all Nigerians to continue to adhere to the public health measures in order to maintain the gains that we have made.


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“Concerning the verification platform for test results for travellers, that platform is now live. Last week, many intending travellers were turned back and handed over to security agencies because they were trying to travel with fake lab results. Sometimes, these results were procured by agents, but to be honest, everyone has to take responsibility for the test results in your hands.


“We advise everyone travelling to spare themselves the inconvenience and embarrassment by doing the test in one of the accredited labs, which you can find on our website. Before you travel, please check the destination country’s requirements. If it includes a PCR negative test, do this in any of the accredited labs and you will get a result that is verifiable through any of the airlines.”


Concerning the strange infections in Kano State, Ihekweazu said: “We are also responding to an incident in Kano State, where they have been a cluster of cases of undefined illness. Most cases have had fever, jaundice and some abdominal pain. We have ruled out the more common causes of these from an infectious disease point of view – yellow fever, Lassa.


“Now, we are looking at a few other options of what has been causing these, but we have a team in Kano right now working with colleagues in the Federal Ministry, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and a few other agencies working together to get to the bottom of that particular cluster.


“The respiratory infection that has killed the most number of people till date is a disease that we all know called tuberculosis (TB). The 24th of March is the World Tuberculosis Day, a day to raise awareness on this important disease that continues to affect millions of Nigerians, but a disease that many of us do not think as important anymore.

Source: TheNationOnline

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