Chikwe Ihekweazu,the NCDC Director General said that has noted that some states are yet to submit samples for test to know if they have COVID-19 cases and that may be the reason why they have not recorded any case yet.
While the NCDC is improving on its testing capacity for COVID-19, the DG said it is worrisome that samples have not been sent by some states yet.
Chikwe Ihekweazu said;
“It is a bit like pretending like the problem does not exist because you are not looking for it,” he said.
“In every state, we expect a certain number of people to fit the case definition of an acute respiratory infection without an underlying cause.
“If you take away contacts with travellers and with confirmed cases, the third part of our case definition which says anyone with an acute respiratory infection for which there is no underlying cause should have a sample collected to know whether they have this disease or not.
“So, we expect every state to submit a certain number of samples for testing every day. We have seen that some states have not submitted a single sample.”
He said the NCDC is doing an analysis on the number of samples it has received from some states which the centre will share with all the governors.
“We are going to send it back to them for them to look at their data and be honest with their people that there are no cases in their states” .