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Buhari: We Have Achieved 92% Contact Tracing, Describes Health Workers As Heroes


Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari says the country has identified 92% of all identified contacts while doubling the number of testing laboratories in the country and raising the testing capacity to 1,500 tests per day.

Mr Buhari stated this in a national broadcast to the Nation on Monday, adding that the country is on the right track to win the fight against COVID-19.

The Precision NG reports that the president disclosed that over 7,000 Healthcare workers have been trained on infection prevention and control while deploying NCDC teams to 19 states of the federation.

“Lagos and Abuja today have the capacity to admit some 1,000 patients each across several treatment centres.

“Many State Governments have also made provisions for isolation wards and treatment centres. We will also build similar centers near our airports and land borders.

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“Using our resources and those provided through donations, we will adequately equip and man these centres in the coming weeks. Already, health care workers across all the treatment centers have been provided with the personal protective equipment that they need to safely carry out the care they provide”, he said.

President Buhari used the occasion to praise the sacrifices of Nigerian Health Workers, adding that measures to motivate them are already in the pipeline.

“At this point, I must recognise the incredible work being done by our healthcare workers and volunteers across the country especially in frontline areas of Lagos and Ogun States as well as the Federal Capital Territory.

“You are our heroes and as a nation, we will forever remain grateful for your sacrifice during this very difficult time. More measures to motivate our health care workers are being introduced which we will announce in the coming weeks,” the president affirmed.

Meanwhile, President Buhari has extended the lockdown in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun States for another two weeks.

According to him the decision though very hard to take, is necessary in order to contain the Coronavirus pandemic.


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