The National Center for Disease Control, NCDC team is in Kwara State to inspect laboratories in preparation for the establishment of Molecular Testing Centre to help in the fight against coronavirus.
NCDC team leader, Dr Okoli Innocent commended the Kwara State Government’s efforts in the fight against covid-19.
Dr Okoli explained that the Director-General of the NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu who sent the team on inspection visit is appreciative of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq administration’s strides in the health sector and has pledged the NCDC’s support to the state in the fight against covid-19.
He said that he was not surprised that kwara state was ranked fourth in preparation for health emergency in the country, given the availability of state of the art medical equipment such as ten ventilators, six gene Xperts, ICU beds among many others in the state’s health facilities visited by the team.
Dr Okoli who is a Molecular Biology expert, gave an assurance that as soon as the team’s final report on staff training and re-training, provision of more molecular diagnostic equipment, as well as reorganidation of laboratories was concluded, the NCDC would swing into action to optimise and increase the state’s testing capacity.
Kwara State Deputy Governor who is also the Chairman Covid 19 technical committee, Mr Kayode Alabi, appreciated the NCDC for the move to set up Molecular Testing Center in the state.
Reduce Medical Tourism
He said the priority of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq is to reduce medical tourism both for diagnosis and treatment in the state.
Mr Alabi expressed optimism that Kwara would soon own a Molecular laboratory for COVID-19 testing, stressing that the state would no longer have to take samples to Ede in Osun state or Ibadan in Oyo state for testing.
Other members of the Technical Committee who received the NCDC team are Chairman Kwara House of Assembly Committee on Health, Mr Razaq Owolabi, Chairman of Sub committee on Medical Advisory, Dr Femi Oladiji and Dr Oluwatosin Fakayode.
The NCDC team had earlier donated 1000 pieces each of Viral Transport Medium, Swab sticks and Tongue depressors as well as 320 pieces of Falcon Tubes.
The team also inspected the Public Health Laboratory, Harmony Diagnostic Centre and the former Sobi Specialist Hospital which has been turned to COVID-19 / Infectious Disease Centre.
Source: Voice of Nigeria