Nigeria establishes 7 more COVID-19 testing labs, 20 facilities for sample collection
London, April 16, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has added seven more COVID-19 testing labs to take the total thirteen across the country.
The NCDC announced this on Wednesday same day the agency announced that twenty Health Facilities are to be established in Lagos State to collect samples from those with acute respiratory infections which is a major symptom of Coronavirus.
Nigeria’s coronavirus cases also recorded another 34 new infections with the total figures jumping to 407.
Thirty-four new cases of #COVID19 have been reported as follows:— NCDC (@NCDCgov) April 15, 2020
12 in Kano
2 in Katsina
1 in Delta
1 in Niger
As at 11:20 pm 15th April there are 407 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria. 128 have been discharged with 12 deaths#TakeResponsibility pic.twitter.com/oxM9pVb9QQ
NCDC said the additional labs in various parts of the country would enable it scale up virus testing. “As we increase the number of labs, we are working very hard with states to improve the sample collection and transportation process”, the agency said.
“Our goal is to ensure that everyone who meets the national case definition is tested, positive cases are isolated and managed to recovery”.
The Director General, Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu said with the establishment of the facilities, more tests will be carried out in a short time.
He said health workers had commenced a door-to-door contact tracing and testing in the FCT especially in small communities.
The NCDC boss said his organization had released a Policy Guideline on COVID19 on it’s Website, part of which has five recommendations for the use of mask.
He therefore called on industrialists to invest in the local Production of personal protective equipment which are now in scarce quantity.
Up till 30 March, the agency only had six labs in the country.
But in two weeks, it added seven more, earlier than the 3 week-deadline it set for itself.