Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director-General of NCDC

COVID-19: Beware of employment scams, NCDC warns Nigerians

*Agency currently working with states on a digital platform for seamless, speedy delivery of COVID-19 test results, says Head of Surveillance and Epidemiology

*Records 410 new cases of COVID-19, 4 deaths as Nigeria’s total infections hit 49,895

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Clarifying that the agency is not giving money to people neither will it ask for money in exchange for employment, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has warned Nigerians to beware of scammers attempting to defraud unsuspecting citizens in the country.

Mrs. Elsie Ilori, Head of Department of Surveillance and Epidemiology Department at NCDC, issued the warning at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 Monday, August 17.

The NCDC is not giving money to people neither will it ask for money in exchange for employment, said Mrs. Ilori.

According to her, the agency is currently investigating the on-going scams, as she pledged that the culprits would be brought to book.

Ilori also explained that in regard to the reported delay in getting COVID-19 test results, the NCDC is working with states on a digital platform, which would be launched soon in FCT to ensure seamless and speedy delivery of test results.

The Head of Department of Surveillance and Epidemiology Department, however, decried the situation where some Nigerians do not provide accurate information making it difficult to get in touch with them when their result was ready.

The NCDC is also intensifying efforts at making testing process seamless by activating more laboratories across the country, said she.

Ilori added that Nigeria moved from five laboratories in March 2020 to 64 laboratories, six months into the response.

“Today, we have activated at least a laboratory in 33 states and the FCT,” she disclosed.

Meanwhile, Nigeria Tuesday recorded 410 new cases of the novel Coronavirus as the country’s total number of confirmed infections now are 49,895.

The disease control agency in a tweet via its verified Twitter account, confirmed that Nigeria’s “virus epicentre”, Lagos, reported 210 new cases, while the FCT posted 45 new infections.

Other states with new cases include Ondo-30, Plateau-21, Edo-19, Ogun-16, Oyo-13, Nasarawa-12, Bauchi-11, Enugu-10, Kwara-7, Kaduna-6, Anambra-4, Ebonyi-3, Abia-2, Rivers-1.

Four new deaths also were recorded Tuesday, as the total toll from the virus reached 981.

However, the number of recovered patients rose to 37,051.

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