Cleric calls for establishment of more disease control centers
By Joe Akwarandu, Umuahia
Following the perceived inability of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) to provide testing Laboratories in the South-East, North-West, North-East for suspected cases of Coronavirus, the President Vision Africa International, Bishop Sunday Onuoha has called on the center to get rid of all bureaucratic bottle necks and set up testing centres in all parts of the country.
The Global Peace Award Winner 2013 in a statement released in Umuahia and issued to newsmen while reacting to the NCDC’s release of Molecular Laboratory Network that has flooded the social media space, said Coronavirus pandemic concerns all, and wondered why NCDC would deprive the South-East of a testing Laboratory where suspected cases can be handled, describing it as unacceptable.
The Methodist Bishop who reminded the NCDC that all the zones are connected, also urged them to immediately set up Testing Laboratory in the South-East as people of the zone are crying and yearning for help, saying that bureaucratic bottle necks should not pose challenge in setting up testing centres in all the states of the federation.
He noted that the government has every resource at its disposal to set up testing laboratory in all the zones, stressing that the testing centres should be in all states of the federation while each state should account for it.
Bishop Onuoha urged South-East states to form joint efforts in this trying moment especially in checking their borders against influx of people from other states, adding that there are no such clear boundaries in many parts and villages broken by two states.
He also used the medium to enjoin South-Easterners and indeed Nigerians, to take precautionary, safety measures as stipulated by the World Health Organization (WHO), which include: regular washing of hands, use of hand sanitisers, social distancing, nose masks, disposable hand gloves among others, while also reminding Nigerians to pray fervently for God to heal the land by taking away the Coronovirus scourge ravaging the world.