Nigeria will continue to see increase in COVID-19 cases, says NCDC boss

Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, has said that an increase in the number of Coronavirus cases in the country is inevitable as the agency strengthens its capacity to find and test cases.

The NCDC boss however noted that the agency has however braced itself for the impending increase in cases by working closely with state government to scale up their ability to test and treat cases.

Dr Ihekweazu made this known in response to an interview conducted with PUNCH via email.

He said, “With the increasing capacity to find and test more cases, we will continue to see an increase in cases in the next few months.

Our strategy is to test quickly, detect confirmed cases, isolate and manage cases to recovery and follow up with contacts to reduce the risk of spread.

“In preparing for the increase in cases, we are working closely with state governments to rapidly scale up the capacity in treatment centres.

“We have also begun the review of protocols and guidance for home management of asymptomatic cases. This will be implemented when needed.

The NCDC boss further urged Nigerians to adhere strictly to the non pharmaceutical measures put in place by the government such as the ban on social and large gatherings to contain the spread of the disease.



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