Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, says no state in the country is free from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Dr. Ihekweazu disclosed this on Monday during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja. The comment comes even as the NCDC is yet to officially report a case in Cross River state, as of Monday afternoon. He noted that some states might not have recorded any COVID-19 case at the moment, but they would eventually do. Ihekweazu said, “No state, no single state in Nigeria is COVID-19-free, not one. No country in the world is COVID-19-free. Even New Zealand, that is an island state is still having new cases after a period of not having any. “We can’t separate ourselves from the rest of the country. We live in a context, viruses spread, it’s the nature of them, so right now no state is COVID-19-free. That’s why we have to keep doing this work that we are doing, testing people, finding out if they have it.” Meanwhile, the PTF Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, urged Nigerians not to be scared of testing, stating that virus is not a death sentence. “I, therefore, urge Nigerians to make use of these facilities and get tested. Similarly, I implore us not to be afraid of undertaking the COVID-19 test. “Testing positive for COVID-19 is not a death sentence, but failure to test, especially when symptoms are evident could result in death as it may be too late once the symptoms become full-blown. “The loss of any Nigerian is not only painful but most avoidable provided we seek help early,” the SGF said.
No State In Nigeria Is COVID-19 Free - NCDC DG
June 23, 2020