Ihekweazu hails governors for sturdy response to COVID-19

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Ihekweazu,NCDC Director General

THE Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu has commended state governors for aggressively investing in the COVID-19 response, using state resources amidst poor compliance with health proactive protocols.

Ihekweazu, who made the commendation while appraising his visit to four states, Akwa Ibom, Edo, Plateau and Lagos, noted that every state in the country will eventually be caught in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ihekweazu praised the Edo State government for the innovative approach adopted such as the inclusion of Edo in the diaspora, in various universities around the world, to understand how they were responding.

At the Presidential Task Force (PTF) media briefing on Monday in Abuja, mIhekweazu, said, “we are really impressed by the work going on in Edo.

“In Edo, we met a very dedicated team at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital and the Stella Obasanjo Hospital and really saw a set of clinicians working very hard innovatively, to deal with the challenges.”

He  commended the Akwa Ibom State governor, Udom Emmanuel for investing aggressively in the response and public health in general and noted that the state had set up a new EOC, treatment centre and laboratory.

Ihekweazu explained that his visit was to understand the response of the states and the governments, encourage them to develop new strategies and share experiences with other states.

The director-general said that he was disappointed that Nigerians were still grossly not adhering to the preventive measures against COVID-19.

He noted that the case fatality ratio in Nigeria was higher than that of South Africa and Ghana, despite being relatively low in global context.

According to him, the failure to take responsibility in limiting the spread of the virus was threatening the gains in the fight against the pandemic.

The NCDC boss noted that the increase in COVID-19 cases in Nigeria was due to the ongoing community transmission of the virus and increased testing capacity across states.

“Our advice to Nigerians is to stay safe by physical distancing, frequent handwashing and use of face masks,” he said.

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