COVID-19: Health association urges Nigerians to get tested

A passenger's body temperature is being tested at the gate of entry upon arrival at the Murtala International Airport in Lagos, on March 2, 2020. - Nigeria is monitoring 58 people who had contact with an Italian man infected with the new coronavirus, the health minister said Monday, as officials scrambled to stop the disease spreading. Africa's most populous country on Friday confirmed the first case of the virus in sub-Saharan Africa after the patient was diagnosed in the economic hub Lagos. (Photo by BENSON IBEABUCHI / AFP) (Photo by BENSON IBEABUCHI/AFP via Getty Images)

The Lagos State chapter of the Environmental Health Officers Association of Nigeria (EHOAN), on Sunday urged Nigerians to go for COVID-19 test to check the spread of the disease.

The President of the association, Mr Taiwo Awonuga, made the appeal while speaking with reporters in Lagos on Sunday.

He appealed to the Federal Government to make provision for more testing centers in the country, saying that a mass test of Nigerians would help check the spread.

Awonuga expressed concern about the nonchalant attitude of Nigerians toward social distancing as suggested by the authorities, saying that personal contact was fueling the spread.

“Many of us take the policy of social distancing with levity, hence the infection is still extending to other areas that initially did not have it.

“Traders whose markets were shut to advance the course of social distancing had turned to streets’ footballers with body contacts becoming rife on daily basis; thereby defeating the idea behind the closure of markets,’’ he said.

Awonuga, said that if the test could be conducted on every Nigerian within a two-week period, all those having the trait of the virus would be fished out for medical attention.

He said that the rest would be free from further infection from carriers.

He noted that the suggestion was the outcome of the association’s brainstorming session on March 26 with a view to proffering solution to the global virus.