Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire. has revealed that the country has conducted 5,000 coronavirus tests in 6 weeks, since its first confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection on February 27, 2020.
He also revealed that Nigeria has recorded a total of 232 cases in 13 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja in almost six weeks. However many health experts have expressed concerns over the country’s low testing numbers.
While speaking during a media briefing on Monday, April 6, the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, also said authorities are working hard to scale up capacity as soon as possible.
In the minister’ words, “Through enhanced surveillance system and strengthened epidemic intelligence, we’ve continued to detect cases of COVID-19 and treat them to recovery.
“We have tested over 5,000 samples so far and are working hard to scale up capacity in a targeted approach.”
The minister also announced that there will be discussions on making changes to public advisory over coronavirus because there’s been an increase in confirmed cases who have no clear epidemiological definition.
While 101 (44%) of Nigeria’s confirmed cases contracted the virus abroad, and 35 (15%) are contacts of those cases, 96 (41%) have incomplete epidemiological information, so it’s unclear how they were infected.
“This (discussion) will be after the ministry of health and its agencies have sat down to review and analyse the situation,” Ehanire said.
The minister also disclosed that two additional testing laboratories have been set up in Lagos and Abuja, while additional treatment centres with a minimum of 400 beds are under renovation and repair in Abuja.
33 of Nigeria’s confirmed cases have recovered and been discharged, while five people have died.