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NCDC official bemoans lack of medical tools at airports

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A senior official of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said that the medical personnel deplored to Airports across the country to conduct tests on Coronavirus lacked necessary working tools to handle the situation.

The observation came on the heels of disturbing reports that the dreaded disease had snowballed globally, just as the Nigerian authorities had achieved much in ensuring that the disease did not have a foothold on the country.

Speaking in an interview on the Hausa Service of Radio France International, Professor Isa Abubakar of the NCDC said, “It is a great success that the disease has not spread to various parts of this country. Attention was paid to the disease, knowing that it is a one-off thing.”

He, however, cautioned that Nigerians should not be carried away and give any leeway for the pandemic to spread in the country, adding, “Medics from state ministries of health and the Federal Ministry of Health are at the airports in Lagos, Abuja and Kano, among others conducting tests and screenings.

“They are all there, but the working tools are inadequate in some of the airports. I don’t know much about the situation in Lagos, but in the airports I visited, working tools were not enough.

“We talked to the relevant officials in one of the airports before the right thing was done.”

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