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NCDC Cries Out As Test Kits Black Market Increases

The Presidential Task Force(PTF) on COVID-19 raised the alarm on Thursday over the increasing deaths caused by the rejection of patients in some of the countries hospitals.

Chairman of the PTF Boss Mustapha and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, lamented at the task force press conference in Abuja, that despite the admonition of the Federal Ministry of Health,  hospitals were still rejecting non-COVID-19 patients.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control Director-General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, raised the alarm over growing rapid test kits black market in the country, He said some organisations are selling “what they call antibody tests.” He, therefore warned that such “antibody tests” could not give valid COVID-19 results.

Nigeria currently has 8,915 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases, 2,592 discharged with 259 deaths,112 isolation centers in 35 states,and the Federal Capital Territory. There are 29 laboratories, where COVID-19 is being tested, with COVID-19 cases rising to 8,733  on Wednesday,  the task force warned that the government could not cope with increasing coronavirus cases.

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