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Avoid non-essential travels at Easter, Ramadan — NCDC

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By Abujah Racheal

The Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has again stressed the need to avoid non-essential travel during Easter and Ramadan celebrations to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Managing Director of NCDC, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Saturday that it was very important to adhere to the necessary public health and social measures to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID. -19.

“As Nigerians plan to celebrate Easter and start Ramadan, it is very important to remember the public health and social measures needed to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19.

“It is very important to remember the public health and social measures necessary to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19. ”

Chikwe also stressed the need for sustained testing as an effective public health response to detect, isolate and treat cases of COVID-19.

“Testing is one of the key parts of Nigeria’s response to the pandemic.

“The benefits of getting tested include checking the incidence of COVID-19 in the community, the ability to break the chain of transmission in the community, and tracking the SARS-CoV-2 mutation in the country. ”

He said the number of collection sites and laboratories had increased across the country, making testing more accessible and efficient.

“Analytical capacity has increased in Nigeria since the start of the epidemic, from four laboratories to 129 functioning laboratories. Of these, 48 are private laboratories and eight are corporate laboratories.

“Each state and the CTF have multiple sample collection sites with at least one molecular lab to test.

“Samples are tested daily to ensure results are communicated to clients, patients and / or the management team for optimal care,” he explained.

The NCDC boss noted that it was therefore important for Nigerians to use these resources to enable the spread of COVID-19 to be controlled.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, sore throat, sneezing, loss of smell and taste, among others.

“It is important to get tested when you have any of the symptoms in the case definition or if you are in close contact with a confirmed case.

“If in doubt about how to take a test, call your state’s emergency line or call 6232, the toll-free number for the NCDC Connect Center.

“Some people infected with SARS-CoV-2, which is the virus that causes COVID-19, may never develop symptoms like in“ asymptomatic cases ”.

“Others may have very mild ‘pauci-symptomatic’ disease, or they may develop moderate to severe COVID-19 disease,” he told NAN.

Ihekweazu added that it was also important to note that SARS-CoV-2 co-infections with other pathogens have been reported, so a positive test for another pathogen does not rule out COVID-19 and vice versa.

He noted that over the past two weeks, the number of samples taken and tested has declined, despite the availability of sample collection sites and public health laboratories.

The boss of the NCDC therefore urged Nigerians who meet the criteria to get tested. (NOPE)

(NAN)

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