remaining states in Nigeria that have not recorded COVID-19
cases cannot hide it.
There are only four states at the moment that have not
reported a case in Nigeria – Cross River, Kogi, Nasarawa
According to the DG of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu,
eventually, it will emerge. And it is better to understand what
is happening early than leave it till we start hearing stories of
Iheakwazu also asked states to collect more samples from
people who meet the case definition for testing, saying there
was no need playing with figures.
“We are looking at the number of samples collected from
these states. We are not satisfied with the number of
“We need to test more, but to test more, we need to collect
more and that collection part is the responsibility of states
and their Public Health teams.
“We want to really encourage every state in Nigeria, you
cannot hide this. Eventually, it will emerge. It is better we
understand what is happening early than leave it till we start
hearing stories of death.
So, we are really encouraging the
Public Health Teams in these states to push out their people
that have Pneumonia, acute respiratory infections and others.
There is absolutely no doubt about this. Please, collect
samples and send them to us, let us test and know whether
you have this thing circulating in your states and mount an
appropriate response. If it is not there, it is not there, but we
cannot know if we do not test”, he added.