The Federal Government on Monday called on Nigerians not to pay anyone for COVID-19 test, its called on Nigerians to report anyone who demands payment for such services.
The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire stated this while speaking at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja.
“I wish to remind everyone that government-run testing for COVID-19 is free. Please report anyone who demands payment for necessary action,” he said.
Ehanire in his statement noted that the country as of July 6 has recorded a total of 28,711 confirmed cases of Coronavirus, he added that 11,665 people have been treated successfully and discharged.
According to the minister, Nigeria has so far lost 645 fatalities to the disease. Ehanire revealed that the country in June 2020 recorded half the total number of deaths recorded so far.
“It means that just under half of the total fatalities so far recorded occurred in that single month of June. While we more than doubled the tests done and the number of cases detected.”
“The reduction in case fatality rate is down to about 2.2 per cent as opposed to about 5 per cent we have seen on the global average.”