FG’s COVID-19 testing option, figure not realistic - NMA

Francis Faduyile
The Nigerian Medical Association has expressed concerns over the ‘smart testing’ option adopted by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control for COVID-19.

It said despite that the nation had recorded its 5,000 COVID-19 positive case, the testing method had not revealed the real incidence of the virus in the country.

The association made its position known in a statement on Thursday by its President,  Francis  Faduyile; and Secretary General, Dr Olumuyiwa Odusote.

 “While the NCDC has carried out only 29,400 tests, as of May 14, 2020, we appreciate the reasons advanced for the ‘smart testing’ option by the NCDC.

“However, it has become apparent that this method has not revealed the real incidence of COVID-19 in Nigeria. NMA, therefore, advocates fast-tracking of testing using innovative specimen collection and transport modalities to ameliorate this deficit in technique,” the statement read.

The NMA cautioned the Federal Government against home treatment of COVID-19 patient. It urged the government to put the peculiarities in Nigeria into consideration and adapt the new World Health Organisation’s regulation.

The NMA described the acceptance of the herbal remedy from Madagascar ‘Covid Organics’ by the Federal Government as an act of pulling all stops in search of remedial interventions in protecting the lives of Nigerians.

The NMA again expressed displeasure at the continued obstruction of the NCDC by the governments of Kogi and Cross River states, saying “This impedance is despite the lofty provisions in the NCDC Establishment Act (2018) which empower the organisation to ‘prevent, detect, monitor and control’ activities and programmes for the national response against infectious diseases epidemics and other public health emergencies; and also to  ‘lead, develop, coordinate’ these activities.”  Punch

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