According to report reaching oyogist.com, the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, on Thursday, in Abuja, revealed that the agency had at different times raised the alarm that diseases of the coronavirus nature could occur anytime; hence, there was need for preparation.
The Director-General spoke with journalists after defending the 2021 budget of his agency, noting that when they were raising the alarm, nobody took them seriously.
He explained: “Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has been having working relationships with the Senate Committee on Healthcare.
“I recall that it was this Committee that pushed the bill that eventually became an Act establishing us and previously we have been telling Nigerians on need to prepare for situations like we find ourselves since March, 2020. At that time, nobody really wanted to listen to us.”