Coronavirus: Centre Steps-Up Measures To Prevent Importation Of Virus – DG
Coronavirus: Centre Steps-Up Measures To Prevent Importation Of Virus – DG

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC has put in place quick and diverse tactics to prevent importation of novel coronavirus cases into the country.

The Centre’s Director-General, Chikwe Ihekweazu said the NCDC National Reference Laboratory, Abuja, had the capacity to test for the novel coronavirus.

He added that the multi-sectoral Coronavirus Preparedness Group had continued to carry out regular epidemic intelligence-gathering, enhanced surveillance at the points of entry, intensive risk-communications and strengthening laboratory capacity for testing.

According to Ihekweazu, other measures include placing the National First Rapid Response Team to highly pathogenic infections on alert, and scaling-up of Public Health Emergency Operation Centres in States, among others. He said the Emergency Operation Centres had already established in twenty two states.

He explained that the Coronavirus Preparedness Group had representatives from Federal Ministry of Health, Office of the National Security Adviser, World Health Organisation, WHO, U.S. Centre for Disease Control, Pro-Health International and Public Health England.