The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has admitted that it is behind in testing and response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The center admitted this via twitter on Tuesday.
It wrote, “We’re not where we want to be in the response to #COVID19Nigeria
“We have reagents for about 200,000 tests across our lab network, however our testing capacity is grossly under-utilised.”
The centre has sent out a call for states in the federation to collect samples from residents.
It added, We’re challenging states to collect samples from the right people.”
So far, NCDC has conducted 78,244 tests nationwide.
Earlier NCDC noted, “We recognise that we started from a very low base, with inadequate health infrastructure to respond to an outbreak of such magnitude
“What we have regardless is a vibrant workforce, working round the clock to control #COVID19Nigeria.”
According to the latest COVID-19 data released by the centre, Nigeria has 12,801 cases.
315 new cases with seven deaths were confirmed on June 8.
To date, 4040 cases have been discharged and 361 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory.