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COVID-19: Nigerian Travellers Found With Possible False Negative Results

COVID-19: Nigerian Travellers Found With Possible False Negative Results

The Chairman, Ministerial Experts Advisory Committee on COVID-19 Response, Professor Oyewale Tomori, says that over 1,900 Nigerians have been found with false negative COVID-19 results. Jamb Results

According to THE NIGERIAN TRIBUNE, Professor Oyewale Tomori said that over 1,900 Nigerian travellers in the last five months tested positive to COVID-19 on arrival at their international destinations including the UK, Ghana, and Mali despite their negative results before departure from Nigeria.

Professor Tomori disclosed this at the 2021 Health Week of the Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP) which was held at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo State.

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The Chairman said that the high number of positive results recorded by international health authorities outside the country indicates that some Nigerians presented false COVID-19 test results before departure.

Professor Oyewale Tomori stated: “There are two ways to look at it; one, it is either they left the country with fake results or it is still possible that they could have been negative a day or two before leaving the country.

“with the consistently large number, my fear is that they are sending out a lot of people with forged results. It is becoming known that some Nigerians who don’t get tested are presenting forged negative test results which are a shame because we don’t have a system in the country to check this.” Information Guide Nigeria

The Chief Medical Director of the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Professor Jesse Otegbayo who was represented by the Deputy Chairman Medical Advisory Committee (Education and Training) of the hospital, Dr Toyin Lawal condemned the act and stressed that the changes in the global scene demystifying the myths and misconceptions on COVID-19 by health workers will not only be for the welfare of health workers but also the community at large.

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Idongesit Akpa-Ayang

Idongesit is a graduate of Communication Arts, University of Uyo. Currently working as a news reporter at InfoGuide Nigeria.

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