COVID-19

COVID-19: Senate faults policy on testing by private labs only

Published

on

The Senate on Tuesday faulted the policy adopted by the Presidential Task Force ( PTF) on COVID-19 which allowed only private laboratories to carry out tests on intending travellers abroad.

The measure according to the upper chamber is detrimental to average Nigerians who are being forced to pay N75, 000 for such tests.

Chairman Senate Committee on Aviation Smart Adeyemi said this at a joint Senate Committee on Aviation and Health interactive session held in Abuja.

The meeting was with stakeholders in the aviation and health sectors on safety measures in the wake of commencement of international and domestic flights in the country .

Adeyemi lamented that the amount was too high and should be brought down while public health institutions laboratories should be equipped to carry out the tests.

“People are not finding things easy outside there as a result of way and manner COVID-19 pandemic is being fought in the country.

“As representatives of the people, reports reaching us indicate revolt against government in December if drastic actions are not taken between now and then to make things easier,” he said.

He, however, urged the minister and the PTF national coordinator, to enlarge the scope of laboratory testing for the pandemic by including the public ones and ensure reduction in the cost of testing.

A member of the committee, Sen. Biodun Olujimi (PDP Ekiti), took up both the Minister of Health , Dr Osagie Ehanire and PTF National Coordinator , Dr Sani Aliyu on the usefulness of face masks in Nigeria based on realities on ground.

She said that based on what she saw in many communities in Ekiti recently, residents had jettisoned its usage.

“When I visited some communities in Ekiti last week,  many people didn’t put on the face masks.

“These are clear signs that methods and approaches being used to fight the pandemic should be re- assessed and changed since the pandemic for reasons yet to be scientifically established, is far less potent here than it is elsewhere in the world.

Dr Aliyu said that reasons for success story in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic included demography and aggressive nature of African countries against the pandemic, among others.

According to him, though the factor of poverty as part of the success story against COVID-19 in Nigeria is controversial, it is generally believed that the pandemic gets weakened in crowded and stuffy areas.

“Aggressive nature of African countries against the pandemic also helped tremendously in containing the spread of the pandemic in Nigeria and many of the African Countries,” he said.

The Chairman of the Joint Committee, Sen. Ibrahim Oloriegbe (APC Kwara), said that the committee was expecting action plans from the minister and the PTF within wo weeks.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Kayode Olaitan
Source: NAN

Naomi Sharang

Naomi Sharang: NNN is a Nigerian online news portal that publishes breaking news in Nigeria, and across the world. Our journalists are honest, fair, accurate, thorough and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting news in the best interest of the public, because truth is the cornerstone of journalism and they strive diligently to ascertain the truth in every news report. Contact: editor[at]nnn.ng. Disclaimer.

Coronavirus – Sierra Leone: COVID-19 update (15 January 2021) Coronavirus – Zimbabwe: COVID-19 Update (15th January 2021) Coronavirus – Gambia: COVID-19 update (15 January 2021) Coronavirus – Ethiopia: COVID-19 update (15 January 2021) Coronavirus – Nigeria: COVID-19 update (15 January 2021) Coronavirus – Kenya: COVID-19 update (15 January 2021) Heirs Holdings Significantly Expands Oil and Gas Portfolio Emergency Committee on COVID-19 advises on variants, vaccines Coronavirus – Eswatini: COVID-19 update (14 January 2021) IOM Somalia supports new ‘telemedicine’ enhancement for migrants and host communities Coronavirus: African Union Member States reporting COVID-19 cases as of 14 January 2021, 6 pm EAT Ogun Govt begins registration and payments for 2021 Hajj Coronavirus – Ethiopia: COVID-19 update (14 January 2021) Coronavirus – Malawi: COVID-19 update (14 January 2021) END SARS: Winners Emerged at the National Poetry Competition Coronavirus – Kenya: COVID-19 update (14 January 2021) Coronavirus – South Africa: COVID-19 update (14 January 2021) Coronavirus – Zambia: COVID-19 update (14 January 2021) Coronavirus – Zimbabwe: COVID-19 Update (14th January 2021) Coronavirus – Eritrea: Announcement from the Ministry of Health (14 January 2021) Coronavirus – Rwanda: COVID-19 update (14 January 2021) Coronavirus – Nigeria: COVID-19 update (14 January 2021) Number of Central African refugees soars as violence intensifies Mounting hostilities disrupt aid delivery in the Central African Republic UN Delegation visits South West State to discuss support and collaboration in 2021 Statement attributable to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi on the situation of Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia’s Tigray region Coronavirus – Gambia: COVID-19 update (14 January 2021) South Africa‘s Workshop17 starts new year as a global awards finalist & announces plans for a new workspace concept in Joburg Senegal already produces Gas: Investors should look Onshore Ogun Govt plans to upgrade Staff Development Centre to Public Service College Concerned about reports of violence ahead of Uganda elections, Secretary-General calls on all national stakeholders to ensure polls are inclusive, peaceful Coronavirus – Rwanda: COVID-19 update (13 January 2021) Coronavirus – Nigeria: COVID-19 update (13 January 2021) OUT NOW! 2nd Edition of “Billions At Play” charts recovery path for African Oil & Gas Sector Coronavirus – Kenya: COVID-19 update (13 January 2021) WHO Eritrea supports the Ministry of Health maternity waiting homes in remote areas with essential supplies atingi eLearning platform reaches nearly 1 Million African youth in 1st year Africa COVID-19 cases top 3 million, first wave peak surpassed WHO Africa Online Press Briefing on COVID-19 in Africa The spectacular rise of Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) under Ahmed Sultan Bin Sulayem Safeguard yourself from falling victim to online trading scams Coronavirus – Gambia: COVID-19 update (13 January 2021) WHO Africa Online Press Briefing on COVID-19 in Africa Please Help Bobi Wine and the People of Uganda Urge the International Community to Play an Active Role Calling on The Uganda Government to Hold Free and Fair Elections Without Intimidation and Violence Underhand tactics suspected in race for Confederation of African Football (CAF) presidency African Business Council applauds the start of trading on the basis of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Bank of Khyber transforms to Temenos Core and Digital Banking Platform Within the Framework of Cooperation between the Arab Republic of Egypt and the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation: Five Ministers Witness the Signing of ITFC’s 2021 Program Totaling US$ 1.1 Billion Aimed at Providing Integrated Trade Solutions to Egypt Coronavirus – Zimbabwe: COVID-19 Update (12th January 2021) Coronavirus – Malawi: COVID-19 update (12 January 2021)