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NMA to NCDC: We Need COVID-19 Testing Centre at UCTH Now

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Chiemeka ADINDU, Calabar

The Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Cross River State branch has given another seven days ultimatum to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, for the establishment of a testing centre at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, UCTH.

The NMA Chairman, Dr. Agam Ayuk gave the indication in a telephone interview. He said the fresh ultimatum came after strong indications of the efforts by the NCDC to ensure that the centre was fully set up.

He added that the NMA would embark on strike if the centre was not set up in the next seven days.

In his words: “The testing centre is in progress, so we’re giving another one week to the NCDC for the completion of the centre. So we’re are not on strike for now. We will know the progress of work at the centre in the next seven days “.

Recall that the NMA in the state had threatened to embark on an indefinite strike on Thursday if the NCDC does not set up a COVID-19 testing centre at the UCTH. The request is being made to ensure adequate testing of samples in the state to ensure safety of residents.

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