President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday, says the Ministry of Health has raised COVID-19 testing capacity to 1,500 tests per day.
Buhari said this while addressing the nation in a live televised broadcast on Sunday night.
He said the overwhelming support and cooperation received during the 14 days initial lockdown had helped in identification, testing, isolating and contact tracing capabilities.
According to the President, the Federal Ministry of Health had identified 92% of all contacts while doubling the number of testing laboratories in the country and raising testing capacity to 1,500 tests per day.
He also said that the ministry had trained over 7,000 Healthcare workers on infection prevention and control while deploying NCDC teams to 19 states of the federation.
Buhari said Lagos and Abuja have the capacity to admit 1,000 patients each across several treatment centres.
He commended the State Governments that have made provisions for isolation wards and treatment centres in their states.
Buhari maintained that the Federal Government would build similar centers near the airports and land borders.
“Using our resources and those provided through donations, we will adequately equip and man these centres in the coming weeks.”
“Already, health care workers across all the treatment centers have been provided with the personal protective equipment that they need to safely carry out the care they provide.”
“Our hope and prayers are that we do not have to use all these centres. But we will be ready for all eventualities,” Buhari said.