The director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, has noted that Nigerians have began to sell COVID-19 diagnostic test kits in “black markets”.
These markets are non-regulated platforms where various transactions take place with bo respect for established rules.
Ihekweazu, while speaking at the presidential task force briefing today, warned those who are desperate for test to be careful.
He further advised that people become cautious as industries gear up to reopen for businesses. The NCDC DG said there is currently a lot of pressure as companies seek to test their employees before they resume work.
Ihekweazu warned Nigerians to be cautious while purchasing diagnostic test kits.
“It is important that as we open our industries, we really think about the measures that we advise everyone to carry out and leave testing for the purpose for which it is there,” he said.
“There is a growing black market on rapid diagnostics test kits in Nigeria, we have to be careful in what we buy, how we use it and how we interpret the results that they provide.”
He also disclosed that the Nigeria private-sector coalition against COVID-19 (CACOVID) donated N47 million to support sample transportation to boost testing.
“Yesterday, CACOVID finally put in N47 million into sample transportation, so the private sector is coming on as well. CACOVID is a collection of corporate Nigerians and they put in funding going directly into the private courier firm that is supporting sample transportation across the country. So everybody is coming together to make things work,” he said.