KANO: Increase in COVID-19 cases not surprising – NCDC

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC, says the increase in cases of COVID-19 in Kano State were not shocking.

“We are all aware of the population density in Kano. The high number of cases we are now seeing in Kano is really not a surprise.

“Since reporting its index case about two weeks ago, Kano has been the centre of controversies ranging from the rapid increase in number of confirmed cases to the sudden halt of its only testing centre.

“Kano, which currently stands as the third hardest-hit state in Nigeria has so far reported 77 cases out of the 1,273 cases of the infection Nigeria,” the Director-General of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu said.

The agency said its priority is still to increase testing across the country and sees it as a strategy to succeed.

“I will like to remind everyone that we remain focused on our target which is to increase testing across the country; during a pandemic, the risk of spread is in those towns where the population density is highest.”

The DG said the agency is also working hard to investigate the cause of some deaths in the state. Added that the agency did everything to activate the Kano laboratory.

“I am happy to announce that the Kano laboratory will start working this afternoon and start testing samples again as it should be.

“This has not been an easy effort. It has taken the collective effort of my team, the laboratory scientists in Kano and many people that have quietly worked on this to make it happen.

“We will not stop until the laboratory is fully functional again,” Ihekweazu said.

He noted that there were concerns about happenings in Kano, saying that efforts were being made to address the issues.

“We want to address the Kano issue headlong. We are very concerned about what is happening in the state but there is no magic bullet. We will continue to work hard,” he said.

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