Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu
Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control

The Director-General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu has warned Nigerians to prepare for an increase in the number of the highly contagious virus Covid-19 infections in almost all States in Nigeria.

He made the warning during his appearances on Thursday morning at Channels’ TV live programme “Sunrise Daily”. He noted that there is bound to be an increase of more cases, but their goal is to build a more efficient public health infrastructure to meet the challenge.

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Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu said,

“What we are trying to achieve, and it’s very important for Nigerians to understand, is a landscape where we can continue our work in responding, while we restart parts of the economy.

“We are responding to something, at the moment, across 22 states. But it will grow to almost every state in Nigeria. There is no reason it won’t. It is a respiratory virus.

“So, what we are trying to achieve right now, in the short term, is not to stop transmission because we know that will be very difficult to do. No country in the world has achieved that.”

Nigeria currently has a total of 407 confirmed cases in Lagos, FCT, Osun, Kano, Edo, Oyo, Ogun, Katsina, Bauchi, Kaduna, Akwa Ibom, Kwara, Delta, Ondo, Enugu, Ekiti, Rivers and Niger States.


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