Ekhomu advises FG to increase nationwide testing capability
Security knowledgeable, Dr. Ona Ekhomu, has referred to as on the federal authorities to urgently improve the nationwide testing capability for the COVID-19 illness to allow early prognosis of contaminated people and save lives.
He mentioned the present 5 COVID-19 take a look at laboratories in Lagos (two centres), Abuja, Irrua (Edo State) and Ede (Osun State) are grossly insufficient to deal with the rising pandemic menace, advising authorities to buy new PCR machines and reagents to allow expanded testing, including that the pandemic response infrastructure must be bolstered to deal with a speedy unfold of COVID-19 instances.
Ekhomu, who’s President of the Association of Industrial Security and Safety Operators of Nigeria (AISSON), charged the federal authorities to urgently stockpile ventilators, face masks, robes, hand gloves and different PPEs in anticipation of the big variety of anticipated instances, saying Nigerian pharmaceutical producers must be directed to provide hand sanitisers.
He referred to as for a pandemic preparedness plan that might federalise personal hospitals and convert faculties, locations of worship and occasion centres into discipline hospital models, whereas navy hospitals must be integrated into the plan to extend mattress area, whilst he urged authorities to increase our severely restricted well being care system.
Ekhomu, whereas commending the federal authorities’s 13-country journey ban and closure of worldwide journey into Kano, Port Harcourt and Enugu airports, mentioned stronger preventive motion, comparable to increasing the journey bans to African nations and closure of the land borders, would scale back the likelihood of the illness getting into Nigeria at the next charge.
He applauded the suspension of the nationwide sports activities pageant (Edo 2020) and the ban on international travels by authorities officers, in addition to the position of non secular leaders in imposing the restricted crowd sizes beneficial for locations of worship as steps in the best path, insisting that the cultural subject of social distancing would restrict group unfold.
The safety knowledgeable famous that the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has executed a great job in containment methods, however has been reticent on testing and preparedness, warning authorities not deal with COVID-19 with levity.
He criticised the composition of the duty drive for comprising largely politicians, slightly than physicians, epidemiologists, emergency planning/ response specialists, and many others.
He urged Nigerians to embark on social distancing by avoiding hugging, kissing, touching, handshakes, and many others, noting that Nigeria’s excessive inhabitants density would lead to excessive unfold charge when the illness reaches Nigeria; therefore “Prevention is better than cure.”