COVID-19: UNRAVELING THE INACCURACIES IN NCDC DATA

By Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye

Yesterday April 11th, at exactly 9:30pm, the National Center for Disease and Control (NCDC) announced a total of 318 cases of covid-19 in Nigeria through its website and verified social media accounts.

Analyses: 70 Discharged, 10 Deaths and 238 Active Cases.

However, a further look at the data released by the NCDC shows that the number of discharged patients are under-reported which, without much ado, renders the number released for active cases inaccurate.

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OSUN: 10 patients were discharged around 2pm on April 11th from the State Isolation Center situated at Ejigbo, a densely populated town in the Western Senatorial District of the State of Living Spring, making it a total of 11 recovered patients thus far but NCDC recorded 1 Discharged for the State.

OYO: The State Governor, Seyi Makinde announced on Saturday 11th April that 7 patients, including himself, had already recovered and discharged in the state but NCDC recorded 4 discharged for the state.

BAUCHI: The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Aliyu Maigoro announced on Thursday 9th April that the state only have 4 cases thus far with two recoveries including the state Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed but NCDC, though initially recorded 8 cases for the state but has reduced the figure to 6 following complaints from the State government. However, the NCDC on April 11th recorded zero discharged for Bauchi State with six cases instead of four.

EKITI: Ekiti has recorded two cases and all the two patients had recovered and discharged but NCDC recorded 1 discharged for the state.

ACCURATE DISCHARGED PATIENTS:

As at 10:30pm April 11th, records from State Isolation Centers across Nigeria shows that the county has recorded 86 Discharged Patients contrary to 70 reported by the NCDC.

FINDINGS:

Lagos: 50 Discharged

FCT: 11 Discharged

Oyo: 7 Discharged

Osun: 11 Discharged

Ogun: 2 Discharged

Ekiti: 2 Discharged

Rivers: 1 Discharged

Bauchi: 2 Discharged

TOTAL: 86

OBSERVATIONS

I observed that the NCDC Data Analysts only pay attention to reports from Lagos and Abuja being the epicenters of the pandemic in Nigeria. I equally discovered that all data released from Abuja and Lagos respectively are accurate while most reports recorded for other states are inaccurate.

CONCLUSION

While I salute the NCDC for a job well-done thus far, i urge the agency to look into the discrepancies in the information being released to the general public in the interest of global world who relies solely on their data for strategic planning.

Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye is a Qualitative Researcher and Development, Strategic and Political Communications Consultant. He can be reached via

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