On the phone with him this morning, he sounded very optimistic about containing this threat. NCDC has produced thousands of field epidemiologists through the FELTIP program in partnership with the American CDC. The graduates are very professional and are well exposed to disaster situations. They successfully contained many outbreaks in Nigeria, including Polio and Cholera, at different times and have been doing an impressive job with Lassa Outbreaks.
The current Leadership Of NCDC has shown great prospects in leadership and has turned the organization into a maverick public establishment. Dr Chikwe is a great guy. I believe we may not be helpless in the face of coronavirus.
The concern would be the public and private health facilities that could serve as case contact points. In all, let’s keep hope alive. Play your part, be a good citizen and resist the temptation to spread false or unverified information, thereby causing panic. Alert healthcare workers whenever you deem it necessary. God bless Nigeria”.