The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Mr Chikwe Ihekweazu, says most Nigerians do not have enough confidence to test for Coronavirus.
Mr Ihekweazu, while disclosing this on Monday, August 17, 2020, explained that the lack of trust has posed a serious challenge in the Federal Government’s efforts to effectively tackle the virus in the country.
The NCDC Boss noted that: “People are not coming out in sufficient numbers to get tested for all sorts of reasons. We are working very hard to bring the sample collection centres closer to the patients. 70 per cent of Nigerians access their healthcare in the private sector, there is a reason for that. We need to work very hard and that is what we are working on. We have to work together. It is not a question of blaming NCDC. It’s really thinking like a nurse, doctor or a leader of the state Ministry of Health that what can we do collectively to increase the level of confidence of the services that we provide.”
On efforts to properly contain the pandemic in the country, the NCDC Boss admitted that the “primary challenge is not in infrastructure”; calling for an improvement in the nations healthcare delivery system in order to serve the people diligently.
Speaking further, Mr Ihekweazu commended Lagos State Government for its efforts in increasing more testing of patient, explaining that the State is the “biggest indicator of where we are”.