The Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire said Nigerians should not relent in doing enough testing, as COVID is still threatening.
He reminded the citizens that the country is not yet out of the woods.
” COVID is still threatening and we need to know our status by doing enough testing. I have also been doing that in the meetings I have with the Governors.
Some have expressed their problems and some have asked what they have to do, they have asked what kind of yardsticks, they can’t just go to the streets and be testing, what kind of symptoms they should look out for.”
Ehanire emphasized on the need to carry out advocacy at states and LG levels, and also to Community leaders, and try very hard to increase the pace of testing.
“The Labs are there, some of them are not even carrying the numbers of tests they can carry, such that we are also thinking of shutting down certain Labs, because some of them are just wasting, not doing what they are meant to perform'”.
He stated that the testing capacity we have now is very commendable, and it’s being utilized maybe by 35 or 40 percent. “We have over 80 laboratories that are functioning now; it is not fully utilized. In order to fully utilize our testing capacity, we need to have samples and these are taken at the States and Local Government levels by the functionaries of State Governments or Local Governments who work in the ministries.”
“The samples should be brought over to the laboratories for testing, and if the sample does not go well there, that is too slow or nothing happened at all, then we have hiccups.”