The Oasis Reporters
March 20, 2020
Despite the accolades allegedly expressed about Nigeria’s proactive response and low rate of transmission, the World Health Organization, WHO boss,Tedros Ghebreyesus has said that cases of Coronavirus being reported in Africa may not be true representation because testing is not robust in the continent.
Ms Chidimma works with a medical laboratory firm and was asked the question if the organization she works with has the equipment to test the Coronavirus pandemic ravaging the world currently. Are there sister laboratories where patients can be referred to in the event that they can’t handle some parameters that she thinks have the equipment to test for Coronavirus?
“No lies here. The cases in Africa are under reported. The major reason is inefficient contact tracking and tracing, poor availability of testing centres/options, inadequate containment facilities and overall lack of will to do the right thing”, she responded.
The same question was posed for Ms Anulika to answer. She had this to say:
“I work with a petrochemistry lab and I can boldly say that there are parameters we can or cannot handle which is subject to the equipment we have. Also, there are sister laboratories we can send our samples to, if we can’t handle such parameters.
This is the only way we would know about, if what WHO said is true or not. But for now, the only laboratories that have that capacity are run by the NCDC in Nigeria. They have four laboratories in Ede, Lagos, Abuja and Irrua. My organisation has the capacity in our referral labs abroad but we have not been directed to accept specimens from people for now. Organisation wide, PPE protocol is in place for staff and patients and we get daily updates”.
To conclude this report, The Oasis Reporters decided to post the views of US based social media commentator, Mr. Dayo who said :
The list of those identified as affected by Coronavirus increased exponentially by 45% overnight in the US.
Same thing in Italy.
No Country has mass-testing facilities, so someone who is alleged to have spent two weeks in Ibadan is discovered to have been infected when he gets to Ekiti. This is not something that is unique to Nigeria. It could have happened anywhere.
There are no mass testing facilities anywhere in the World. No Country knows how many infected persons they have. All we have are reported or tested cases. They could be several times larger than reported.
However, people should practice social distancing, avoid large gatherings, wash your hands regularly, avoid touching your face, do not undertake unnecessary travel, educate yourself, educate others… and most importantly if you feel the symptoms consult the authorities.
Saying that the statistics from Nigeria is understated, is neither here nor there. No Country has an accurate number… No Country has undertaken mass testing.