Disputed COVID-19 Tests : NCDC replies Akwa Ibom govt., says confident in results


Director-General, National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Ckikwe Ihekweazu has expressed confidence in the COVID-19 tests carried out by the agency.

Ihekweazu who is a member of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 said this while briefing journalists in Abuja on Thursday.

His statement follows reports that the Akwa Ibom government was contesting COVID-19 results announced by the NCDC.

The NCDC on Wednesday said there were five confirmed cases of the virus infection in the South-South state.

But the state government, in a statement from its Commissioner for Health, Dominic Ukpong, raised questions over the announcement by the NCDC, saying that there was “a disturbing breach in the test and reporting procedure” adopted by the agency.

“All 5 reported positive test cases have been contacted and they have showed no COVID-19 symptoms.

“Owing to the irregularities observed in the testing and reporting procedure, Health Care Professionals in Akwa Ibom State have called for an immediate reconfirmation test on the 5 reported cases,” the statement said.

But reacting to the statement, Ihekweazu stressed that the NCDC goes through strict procedures before announcing test results for COVID-19.

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