- The NCDC is opening up on what delays the release of the COVID-19 test results
- Chikwe Ihekweazu, the director-general of the agency, said the delay is in the process and getting the result from the lab to the patient
- Ihekweazu revealed the agency has been working on a new platform so that people can be able to check their results themselves
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As Nigeria's total coronavirus infection rate has reached 34,894, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has revealed what causes the delay in the release of the COVID-19 laboratory test results.
Chikwe Ihekweazu, the director-general of the NCDC, at the briefing of the COVID-19 Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Thursday, July 16, said the major factor affecting the delay is the process of the test and getting the results from the laboratory to the patient.
The agency boss went on to note that NCDC has been working on a new platform so that individuals can check their results themselves, adding that the online portal is almost ready.
Ihekweazu while saying that though most people get their results on time, the NCDC is working hard to reduce the result transmission period.
He said: “The major factor driving the delay is not in the testing, it is in the process and from getting the result from the lab to the individual. We don’t want to bypass the states because the states are really the custodians of the public health response."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Lagos state government announced the closure of a laboratory in Ikoyi, where alleged illegal COVID-19 tests were being carried out.
This was disclosed in a thread of tweets on Saturday, July 11, by Gboyega Akosile, the chief press secretary to Governor Babajide Sanwoolu.
He said the Lagos state ministry of health through Health Facility Monitoring And Accreditation Agency (HEFAMAA) sealed a private lab located on Banana Island, Ikoyi for carrying out COVID-19 tests without the required government approval.
"Lagos State Ministry of Health through HEFAMAA sealed a private lab located on Banana Island, Ikoyi for carrying out COVID19 tests without the required government approval. The lab; Acouns medical laboratory and diagnostic centre was also situated in a pharm*cy," he said.
In a related development, the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has disclosed that 35 medical doctors in Kwara state have contracted the COVID-19 disease.
The state chairman of the NMA, Dr. Kolade Solagberu, made the disclosure at the annual general meeting of the association in Kwara state.
Solagberu, however, said thankfully no doctor in the state has died of the disease. He said COVID-19 is real and urged residents of the state to disregard the rumours that the government is only trying to make money from the pandemic.
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