Coronavirus: NCDC accused of prioritizing elite patients


The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is said to be selective in the tests it’s conducting on persons who are symptomatic of the coronavirus pandemic.

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A host of social media users are upset with NCDC, accusing it of turning down ordinary people who seek to know their status having manifesting the symptoms of the dreaded disease.

Instead they said the disease control agency was only interested in testing VIPs, a claim, former Super Falcon captain, Desire Oparanozie, approbated in a tweet.

Oparanozie wrote: “I’ve been advising us to stay at home. Considering the kind of system we have. We can’t fight this virus if it hits hard on us. Obviously the rich and influential will be attended to before anyone else. Save yourselves people.”

The NCDC, on Saturday, via its Twitter handle, @NCDCgov, tweeted the following criteria for testing: “Who can get tested for #COVID19. 1 – Anyone with history of travel outside of Nigeria, who presents with fever, cough or difficulty breathing within 14 days of arrival; 2 – Anyone who comes in contact with a confirmed case who presents with these symptoms within 14 days of contact.”

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