Presidency Increases COVID-19 Testing Amid Second Wave

There has been increased COVID-19 testing at the presidency since the outbreak of the second wave.

State House Permanent Secretary, Tijjani Umar disclosed this on Tuesday.

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He spoke at the commissioning of the State House Clinic Special Care Centre (COVID-19 Isolation Centre).

In attendance were Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.

Umar recalled that since late last year, the presidency has ensured regular testing of all personnel including, media, protocol, security and other civil servants.

‘‘The first responsibility of the State House Clinic is to give medical service to our number one principal, the President and Commander-in-Chief and his family, the Vice President and his family and this we have been striving to do.

‘‘I understand how our staff have been running from pillar to post, going to Gwagwalada and Asokoro trying to get tested. If we do it here, it will be more convenient, confidential and a lot easier for all of us”, the PS said.

With the Isolation Centre opening, a COVID-19 testing laboratory will soon be established, according to the SGF.

Nigeria has recorded nearly 132,000 cases of coronavirus and 1,607 deaths.

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On Monday, the federal government listed high-burdened local government areas within 13 states.

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