Mass testing for Covid-19 a waste of resources – Udom

Udom Emmanuel, the Governor of Akwa Ibom State has said the idea of random mass testing for COVID-19 is a waste of government resources.

Udom said at a media briefing on Monday that those who needed to be tested had been tested, noting that the state is acting in accordance with the guidelines of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

According to him: “It would absolutely be a waste of resources if we go on random testing. Everyone who needed to be tested has been tested. Everything we do follows NCDC guidelines.”

He disclosed that, so far, the state had collected and tested 84 specimens.

He said what was required of everyone is co-operation and not anything that could weaken the efforts of the government in tackling the pandemic.

“We are experiencing what the entire world has never experienced before, so no one can truly boast of experience.

“COVID-19 has never happened before so everyone is learning to manage it. The best medical doctor may not be the best administrator,” the governor stated.