In a bid to scale up COVID-19 testing across Nigeria, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says it has added five new laboratories to its Molecular Laboratory Network.
Speaking via its verified Twitter handle Tuesday morning, it disclosed that there are now 58 laboratories with capacity to test for COVID-19 in 30 states of the federation.
The centre identified the laboratories as Edo Specialist Hospital, Benin; ATBU Teaching Hospital, Bauchi; Rivers Indorama Company Molecular Lab; State Specialist Hospital, Amachara, Abia; and University of Abuja, Gwagwalada GX Lab.
“We are pleased to announce inclusion of 5 new labs in our Molecular Laboratory Network:
Edo Specialist Hospital, Benin
ATBU Teaching Hospital, Bauchi
Rivers Indorama Company Molecular Lab
State Specialist Hospital, Amachara, Abia
University of Abuja, Gwagwalada GX Lab,” it tweeted tweeted.
“There are currently 58 labs in 30 states with the capacity to test for #COVID19 in Nigeria.”
There are currently 58 labs in 30 states with the capacity to test for #COVID19 in Nigeria
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) July 21, 2020
As of Monday night, the NCDC has taken a total of 214,228 samples with 37,225 returning positive.
On April 28, 2020, the Federal Government announced its target of testing at least two million people within the next three months.
At a Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing, NCDC Director-General, Chikwe Ihekweazu, said the move became necessary as the country was lagging behind in terms of testing.
“The laboratory strategic group that is responding to this outbreak has set itself a target of testing two million people in the next three months,” Ihekweazu had said.