Nigeria considers partnership between state government and private firms to ramp up testing for COVID-19

The head of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has revealed that the Nigeria government, in order to ramp up testing and tracing of Coronavirus cases, is considering to initiate a partnership between state governments and private firms.

“Private-public models are being looked at. Lagos and Abuja are the primary locations, and from that we’ll learn what to do for the other three international airports,” confirmed NCDC Director General Chikwe Ihekweazu but did not disclose the name of the companies involved.

The move comes as the international flights resume this month. The Nigerian government gave its nod to reopen its airports for international flights from August 29, which have been shut since March 23. Also, it must be noted that the essential overseas flights continued to operate in order to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa’s most populous country.

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