By Idowu Abdullahi,
The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has disclosed that two new coronavirus testing laboratories have been added to the existing facilities, bringing the total numbers of the laboratories in the country to twenty-eight.
It explained that the continued spread of the deadly virus to several states in Nigeria had necessitated the new facilities to ensure effective testing; surveillance, detection, and response to the pandemic in the country.
The Centre, through a post on its social media page, on Sunday, said the two added facilities included the Afriglobal Medicare Lab, Ogun State and Sahel Centre for Molecular Diagnostics and Research, Katsina State.
It noted that new facilities will bridge the gap between turnaround of tests, and reduce the workload of the NCDC saddled with the responsibility of testing coronavirus cases in the country.
“We are pleased to announce the activation of two new labs for inclusion in the NCDC Molecular Laboratory Network.
“They are Afriglobal Medicare Lab, Ogun and Sahel Centre for Molecular Diagnostics and Research, Katsina.
“This brings the total number of labs with COVID-19 testing capacity to 28,” the tweet read.
We're pleased to announce the activation of 2 new labs for inclusion in the NCDC Molecular Laboratory Network:
🧪Afriglobal Medicare Lab, Ogun
🧪Sahel Centre for Molecular Diagnostics & Research, Katsina
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) May 26, 2020