Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has revealed the total number of tested COVD-19 in Nigeria. The organization declared that 7,153 samples have been tested for Coronavirus so far.
NCDC is Nigeria’s national public health institute with the mandate to protect Nigerians from the impact of communicable diseases of public health significance, amongst other responsibilities. It focuses on this through evidence-based prevention, integrated disease surveillance and response activities, using a One Health approach, guided by research and led by a skilled workforce.
The organization posted via its twitter handle today;
As at 6:00 pm 17th April 2020, 7153 samples have been tested for #COVID19 in Nigeria
We are working very hard to increase the number of samples tested, including community surveillance in the FCT and Lagos
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) April 17, 2020
NCDC operations and activities are guided by five key goals to:
- Accurately measure the burden of infectious diseases in Nigeria
- Ensure Nigeria is able to meet its international obligations as a member of the World
- Develop a Public Health laboratory service network to support the detection and
prevention of, and response to critical infectious diseases
- Reduce the adverse impact of predictable and unpredicted public health emergencies
- Create an efficiently managed and evidence-based organization with a clear focus of
health promotion and disease prevention.
NCDC currently operates through five directorates: Surveillance and Epidemiology, Public Health Laboratory Services, Health Emergency Preparedness, and Response, Prevention and Programmes Coordination, Finance, and Accounts and Administration and Human Resources.