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NCDC Plans Increased Support For Epidemiologists

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Director-General of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu

 Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is working with public health teams of the 36 states and FCT to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Director-General of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, stated this at the daily press briefing by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, in Abuja.

Dr Ihekweazu said the NCDC remained committed to supporting the crucial work of State Epidemiologists.

He stressed that the agency was collaborating with states through focal persons of the public health response in every state.

The Director-General said the State Epidemiologists needed encouragement and better understanding of their challenges.

He said that Nigeria had enough reagents to test about 200,000 samples, across all its network of laboratories

The Director-General regretted low testing in the South East encouraging the states to do more.

Announcing changes to evacuation protocol, National Coordinator of PTF, Dr Aliyu Sani said the previous 14-day isolation at government selected hotels would now be implemented as self-isolation at home or any other place selected by passengers, but within city of arrival.

He said Nigerian missions abroad would coordinate and provide clearance for evacuation citizens in foreign countries.