Coronavirus: Kano, Sokoto, Maiduguri, 4 others to get testing centres

Coronavirus: Kano, Sokoto, Maiduguri, 4 others to get testing centres

- The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control said it will add seven laboratories to the existing six labs testing for Covid-19

- The new testing centres will be located in Kano, Sokoto, Maiduguri, Kaduna, Jos, P/Harcourt and Abakaliki

- The need to have more testing centres became important as the number of confirmed cases in the country rose to 111 on Sunday, March 29

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says it will expand its testing capacity for COVID-19 from six laboratories to 13 in the next three weeks.

The NCDC, through its verified Twitter account on Sunday, March 29, noted that the new laboratories would be in Abakaliki, Maiduguri, Kano, Sokoto, Port-Harcourt, Jos and Kaduna.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that currently, the NCDC has two laboratories in Lagos, while Abuja, Ibadan, Osun and Edo have one respectively.

With increasing cases of COVID-19 in the country, the need for additional facilities to conduct the test has become necessary to avoid losing probable cases to the community.

COVID-19: We are following up on over 6,000 contacts of 111 confirmed cases - NCDC boss

To cope with the insufficient laboratory for COVID-19 test, NAN reports that some Nigerians had embraced the use of Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) kit for COVID-19 to know their health status.

The NCDC, however, warned that Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) kit for COVID-19 has not been validated, adding that the risk of false result was high with the kit.

Coronavirus: Kano, Sokoto, Maiduguri, 4 others to get testing centres

NCDC set to increase its Covdi-19 testing capacity from 6 to 13
Source: Twitter

“We are aware of validation studies going on. Until these are completed, we cannot procure RDTs, because we do not know if they work,” it said.

Earlier, reported that the NCDC confirmed fourteen new cases of coronavirus in the country, taking the total number of the infections to 111 on Sunday, March 29.

“Fourteen new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria; 9 in Lagos and 5 in FCT “As at 09:30 pm 29th March there are 111 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria with 1 death," the NCDC announced in a tweet.

Coronavirus: Tinubu raises alarm, says Nigerian health system can’t tackle large scale of COVID-19

In another report, popular Nigerian musician, Davido, has shared a very touching message with his son on Instagram where he said the family is keeping strong for mama.

The mama in the message refers to Chioma and the message is not unconnected to her health status as she tested positive for coronavirus.

In the said picture, Davido held their son up as he struck a kissing pose with him, puckering his mouth and planting it on his side cheek. ( -> Same great journalism, upgraded for better service!

Coronavirus: 5 ways Nigeria is handling COVID-19 | - on Legit TV


Online view pixel