The proposed molecular laboratory inspected by the NCDC team. Photo: Yusuf Abdulkadir (Radio Nigeria).
The National Center for Disease Control, NCDC has applauded Kwara State Government in the fight against novel Coronavirus, (COVID-19).
NCDC team leader, Dr Okoli Innocent gave the commendation when he led other members of the Center to Kwara for inspection of laboratories in preparation for the establishment of a Molecular Testing Centre in the state to help in the fight against COVID-19.
The Director-General of the NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu is happy and appreciative of the giant stride of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq led administration in the health sector and pledged his support to the state in term of necessary needs to contain the pandemic, he explained.
Dr Innocent who is a molecular biology expert gave an assurance that as soon as the team’s final report on staff re-training, provision of more molecular diagnostic equipment, unidirectional workflow as well as the reorganization of laboratories is concluded the NCDC would swing into action to optimize and increase the state’s testing capacity so that more success can be recorded in the fight against Coronavirus.
Reacting to the visit of the Dr Okoli Innocent led team, Kwara state Deputy Governor and Chairman Technical Committee on COVID-19, Mr Kayode Alabi who was represented by Commissioner for Health, Dr Raji Razaq, appreciated the NCDC for the move to set of Molecular Testing Center in the state.
Dr Razaq expressed optimism that very soon Kwara would own a molecular laboratory for COVID-19 testing, stressing that the state will 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 State House of Assembly Committee on Health, Mr Razaq Owolabi, Chairman of Subcommittee on Medical Advisory, Dr Femi Oladiji and Dr Oluwatosin Fakayode among others.
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