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2,000 COVID-19 tests per month insufficient – Reps Minority Leader

The Deputy Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Mr Toby Okechukwu has described the 2,000 COVID-19 tests so far carried out in Nigeria as insufficient, calling for upgrade of the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) laboratories across the country to facilitate mass-testing for the virus.

In a statement Mr Okechukwu observed that laudable as it was to lockdown some parts, the country must also rapidly ramp up its testing capabilities to expand beyond the current seven test centres.

The lawmaker urged the Federal Ministry of Health and the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to urgently upgrade the 34 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) laboratories to COVID-19 testing centres.

Mr Okechukwu thanked all the donors and urged the Presidential Task Force to be project-specific with the donations, paying attention to such facility upgrades.

He also noted the need for timelines for proper evaluation of progress, even as he acknowledged that as with other parts of the world, the virus seems to be dictating the timeline.

The deputy minority leader stressed that the nation should work towards setting timelines so that Nigerians are able to monitor progress and match it with expended resources.


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