Ebun Olu Adegboruwa: says NCDC not responding to emergency tests requests
Lagos lawyer Ebun Olu Adegboruwa has blasted the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control for not being ready to test COVID-19 suspects who seek verification.
In a statement today, the senior lawyer cited the case of his friend who showed COVID-19 symptoms and desperately called NCDC in Lagos.
Adegboruwa claimed that the unidentified friend was told to be on queue for next week.
Read his statement:
“Yesterday,(24 April) a friend called me that he was having difficulty breathing, he’s been weak and has pains in the heart.
“I immediately told him to race to Landmark Isolation Centre in Oniru, Victoria Island, Lagos. He went there straight but was turned back, as he was told that it’s only meant for those who have tested positive already. I encouraged him to wait till day break so he could go to Yaba, the main COVID 19 center in Lagos.
“On reaching out to Yaba, he was told to describe his symptoms on record by way of sms and send it. In response, he was told that he could not be tested this week again as they are already booked for this week. He will be programmed for next week for his test. So, what happens to him between now and next week?
“A similar situation was reported in Ajah early this week. They called NCDC in Lagos and they kept postponing the test. By the time NCDC officers got to Ajah the man had died and the family resisted them from carrying the corpse.
“So, the reality is that Nigeria has no capacity for COVID 19 presently
“Please do all you can to stay safe, to be sure that you’re not infected at all, as it now takes prayer and connection to even be tested how much less get treated.
“What the NCDC told the nation is that people are not coming up for tests and that there is capacity.
“Please do all your best to stay safe and if you have any connection to help my friend get tested quickly, please do help me.
“God bless you all.”