The Director General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, has given the agency a pass mark in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
In his one year report, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu said;
“One year ago, we recorded the first COVID19 case in Nigeria. There is no doubt that the pandemic has had devastating impacts, both direct and indirect, on the lives of Nigerians & our economy. It has also created an opportunity to strengthen our health security.
“In the last one year, we’ve been working very hard in response to the pandemic & to build sustainable capacity for future outbreaks. Every state now has a molecular lab, emergency operations centre, and designated locations for the management of infectious disease cases.
“Our response in Nigeria has been built on COORDINATION, COLLABORATION & SOLIDARITY. Citizens have shown resilience & support to each other, partners have supported the response, State Governments have risen to the challenge & the Federal Government has provided strong leadership.
“This is an opportunity to reflect on the last one year, review the lessons learned and build on these as we continue our service to Nigerians. THANK YOU to PTFCOVID19 by the Secretary to the Government of the Federal, Boss Mustapha; with coordination by my dear brother Dr. Sani Aliyu. THANK YOU to our Executive Governors.