Coronavirus: Shocker As NDDC Managing Director, Prof Pondei Calls Most Virus Test Kits Used In Nigeria Inadequate
The acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei, has opened a can of worms by claiming that most of the testing kits being used in the country are not efficient and can’t detect COVID-19.
He said the commission will help ease the problem by intervening in the oil-producing states through the provision of ventilators and drugs that have been used so far in other climes for treatment of COVID-19 to help protect the people of the Niger Delta region from the disease
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Pondei, who stated this at the NDDC headquarters in Port Harcourt, explained that the commission will willingly collaborate with other stakeholders to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said: “We are also looking at the drugs that have been used in other climes for treatment, there are some anti-viral drugs we are trying to make available. The NDDC is going a step beyond what others are doing.
“We are leaving testing with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), which is coordinating it, but we will also let people know that most of the kits being used are not efficient and cannot detect COVID-19.
“Because everybody has been exposed to Coronavirus one way or another and those kits just test for antibodies that already exist in most of us,”
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has yet to respond.