Coronavirus: Only 6 labs can test for disease in Africa - Report

Coronavirus: Only 6 labs can test for disease in Africa - Report

- WHO is concerned about the potential spread of coronavirus if it hits Africa

- According to the organisation, Africa has only 6 labs to the test for coronavirus

- However, in other, to address the concern, there will be a workshop for medical teams from 15 African nations

The World Health Organization is concerned about the potential outbreak of coronavirus in Africa due to the poor health facilities available on the continent.

According to the WHO, Africa has only six labs capable of handling testing for the coronavirus.

The organisation noted that despite the limited testing facility, flights from China bring at least 1,000 travelers to Africa each day

According to The Washington Post, an estimated 1 million Chinese nationals are living in Africa.

The newspaper reports that these nationals work in business, construction, oil and mining in Africa.

Speaking on the preparation for diagnosing the disease, WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the organization's greatest concern is about the potential for spread in countries with weaker health systems.

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The director said the inability to detect the virus is an issue. which lack the capacity to detect the virus,

However, in other, to address the concern, there will be a workshop medical teams from 15 African nations

These medical personnel will convene in Dakar on Thursday, February 13 for the emergency workshop.

The workshop will focus on diagnosing the new virus.

Meanwhile, there are ongoing efforts to give 24 countries, encompassing most of Africa’s population, the material needed to conduct the tests by the end of the week.

Recall that Legit.ng had reported that Nigerians can now be assured that the federal government would actively battle and defeat the deadly coronavirus if it somehow finds its way into the shores of the country.

This is due to the acquisition of new equipment that will enable us to test for the disease.

Dr Osagie Ehanire, Nigeria's minister of health made this know during Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the State House

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Going further, he disclosed that Nigeria has also set up three laboratories across the country to test suspected patients for the disease.

The laboratories are in Lagos, Abuja and Irrua in Edo state to handle such tests.

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