Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said the country was on the right track to defeat COVID-19, a pandemic that has killed more than one million people worldwide, Africa Guardian reports.
According to the president, the government has accomplished ”a lot”.
“We implemented comprehensive public health measures that intensified our case identification, testing, isolation and contact tracing capabilities,” said the president on Monday in a speech.
“we have identified 92% of all identified contacts while doubling the number of testing laboratories in the country and raising our testing capacity to 1,500 tests per day.”
Buhari noted that the government has trained more than “7,000 health workers on infection prevention and control.”
“By closing our airports and land borders and putting strict conditions for seaport activities, we have reduced the impact of external factors on our country,” he said.
The president also extended the lockdown of three states in the federation and promised that aid would be made available to Nigerians during the lockdown. He called for precautionary measures to be followed to curb spread of the virus.
“I have no doubt that, by working together and carefully following the rules, we shall get over this pandemic,” he said.
On Monday, Nigeria had 323 confirmed cases of Coronavirus.