By Idowu Abdullahi,
The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has decried the shortage of some testing equipment for the novel coronavirus in the state, saying the fewer reagents was lowering testing capacity in the state.
He explained that shortage of the testing equipment has contributed to pending of no fewer than three hundred results of the deadly respiratory disease.
The Governor who acknowledged the effect of the shortage of equipment in its the government’s response assured that the coronavirus response team in the state will be moving to other zones to conduct test aside from the walk-in centre in Adamasingba Stadium.
Makinde, through a post on via his twitter handle on Wednesday, also revealed that plans had been concluded to purchase more reagents in enhancing the state’s testing capacity.
“Due to a shortage of reagents required to process COVID-19 tests, we currently have a number of pending results. Of the 775 samples collected so far, 300 are awaiting results.
“We are already in the process of acquiring more reagents in the shortest time possible to enable us to clear the backlog. We appeal for patience from those who are awaiting results.
“Meanwhile, we will continue conducting tests at the drive-through/walk-through testing centre at Adamasingba Stadium.
“Also, in a bid to continue ramping up testing, from next week, we will be moving to other zones in the state to conduct tests. Details of the schedule will be provided in due course,” he tweeted.
The Governor in a map representation also revealed that six Local Government Areas have recorded confirmed cases of the pestilence in the state following the reported twenty-one cases of the virus as released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
According to the map, Ibadan North LGA has the highest number of cases with 15 infections, followed by Ido LGA with two cases while Ibadan North-West, Ibadan South-West, Lagelu and Oluyole LGAs have one case each.
OYO STATE COVID-19 TASK FORCE UPDATE (APRIL 29, 2020)
1. Due to a shortage of reagents required to process COVID-19 tests, we currently have a number of pending results. Of the 775 samples collected so far, 300 are awaiting results. pic.twitter.com/3F8MQCryYa
— Seyi Makinde (@seyiamakinde) April 29, 2020