Prof. Oyewale Tomori, the Chairman, National Technical Committee on COVID-19 has said the COVID-19 figures being released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on COVID-19 should not be taken hook, line and sinker.
The Chairman, Tomori, who lectures at the Redeemer’s University, Ede, Osun State, said this while delivering a lecture at the opening of the Annual General Meeting of the Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria, University College Hospital, Ibadan, chapter on Tuesday.
Speaking on the theme: ‘Science and Mis-Science of COVID-19’, Tomori said the NCDC had given verdicts, which contracted the reality on the ground.
The Lecturer, who delivered the speech online, said some of the misinformation about the virus should be discarded said, “The NCDC told us that we reached our peak in July and infection rate has been declining; we need to take this with a pinch of salt.
“The NCDC gives us figures without giving us the details of what is happening.”
The Chairman, UCH Response Team on COVID-19, Prof. Kayode Osungbade, also faulted the accuracy of the figures being given at both the federal and state levels.
He said, “Reopening the airports, the schools, the universities and clubhouses is a threat.”
Osungbade also said the nation needed to be cautious so that it would not be forced to lock down again.
The Chairman on the occasion, Prof. Samuel Omokhodion, said Nigeria should not rush to reopen the economy because if a spike was noticed after reopening, it would still come back to have a negative effect on the same economy.
Omokhodion said France and Spain rushed to reopen their beaches and the infection rate surged after that.
“I hope we will not have to go back to lockdown. It is better to err on the side of caution,” he said.