Coronavirus: South East To Get New Test Centres

… 2 laboratories ready for accreditation in Anambra State

There is a good news for the people of South East Nigeria as the Director-General of the NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, during an interview on Arise TV, on Friday said the Agency will add four new testing centres to the existing five laboratories comprising those at Nigerian Institute of Medical research in Lagos, Lagos University teaching hospital, Gaduwa NCDC in Abuja, and two research centres in Ede and Irrua in Edo state.

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According to him, “In the next week, we are going to add four new labs to our network”.

It’s a good news for ndi Igbo because Dr Chikwe explained that one of the new year centres will be in Abakaliki in Ebonyi State where they already have “an existing lab” while the other three will be at Ibadan, Port Harcourt and Kaduna.

“These four should be ready in the next week and add to the existing capacity”, he assured.

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Making the news even better, Anambra State Government has revealed its readiness to have two laboratories accredited as official test centres for the dreadful COVID-19.

According to the Commissioner for Information, Cdon Adinuba, “We are working hard to get the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control to accredit the state teaching hospital as a centre for tests because its mega laboratory, where over 500 tests can be conducted simultaneously”.

“We are also working relentlessly that Nnamdi azikiwe Teaching Hospital in Nnewi becomes another designated centre to test the Coronavirus,” Adinuba added.

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The opening of the lab in Abakaliki and the accreditation of the 2 laboratories in Anambra will help curb the spreading of COVID-19 as testing is a fundamental part of handling the Coronavirus pandemic.

The new Lab in Ibadan was opened today and the next is Abakaliki.

Engr Ifeanyi ANIAGOH
DEO, Anambra State

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