We Are Now Able To Test 1,500 People Daily For COVID-19 – Health Minister

Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire

BEVERLY HILLS, April 03, (THEWILL) – The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, says Nigeria now has the capacity to test 1,500 people a day for coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Minister made the comment at Thursday’s briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja.

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“With the expanded national case definition and addition of two new laboratories to test for COVID-19 in Ibadan and Ebonyi States, the national testing capacity is now at 1,500 a day,” Ehanire said.

The Minister also noted that 71 per cent of 6,000 contacts have been traced and efforts were being intensified to reduce the numbers of suspected cases who have not been reached.

Also present at the briefing was the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, and the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu.