As the number of coronavirus cases continue to climb, many Nigerians are worried. They are worried the increase may be due to community transmission.
As the cases increase, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC, has had so much requests to get tested. And with the NCDC beginning with only 5 laboratories across the country to do the testing, it made testing quite tasking for them.
With four more labs (totaling 9) and many more in progress, the NCDC now has increased capacity to do more tests.
So here’s how to get tested for coronavirus in Nigeria.
In order to get tested for Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria, you have to meet certain conditions, termed case definition.
1. If you have travel history outside Nigeria and present with a fever, cough or breathing difficulties within 14 days of arrival.
2. You have symptoms and is a contact with a confirmed case.
3. You have fever and either cough, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath in an area of high COVID-19 prevalence in Nigeria with no other explanation.
If you fall in any of these categories, you are to remain in self-isolation and immediately call the NCDC hotline on 080097000010 or your state hotline, which could be found on the state hotline directory published by the NCDC below.
You’ll get necessary information calling the NCDC toll-free line (you don’t need airtime to call) and instructions on what to do.
Remember, you have to isolate yourself and ensure that you do not make contact with anyone to avoid spreading the disease.
Also, DON’T PANIC. As of this writing, 44 people have tested negative for the virus twice and have been discharged. Having Coronavirus is not the end, you’ll recover.
Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, recovered from the virus without being hospitalized or having any serious treatment. Atiku’s son has also recovered from the virus. You will, too.
And regardless of whether you’re have symptoms or not, practice social distancing. Stay at home. Go out only to get essential stuff and avoid gatherings and contacts at all cost.
Assume everybody else has the virus and avoid making contact with them. That way you can #StaySafe.
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