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FG deploys GeneXpert machine for prompt COVID-19 results

Federal government has directed the establishment of GeneXpert COVID-19 diagnostic machines, which delivers COVID-19 results within an hour, to be activated at the National Hospital and the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital.

This is to help cut down the waiting time for results, rejection of patients and the un-attendance of patients after admission.

Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire made this known at a Joint Meeting with the Minister of Health, FCT Minister and Medical Directors of all government hospitals in the Federal Capital Territory.

This is as complaints by the public on inaccessibility of routine healthcare services in the FCT increases due to uncertainties caused by Coronavirus pandemic.

Dr Ehanire admonished that efforts to control COVID-19 must not be at the expense of managing other diseases that are equally life threatening.

The FCT minister, Mr Mohammed Bello who explained that most hospitals rejected patient due to bed space said the FCT would work with the Minister of Health to ensure no hospital rejects patient.

Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekwazu stressed that part of the support is to make all general hospitals a COVID-19 sample collection centers.

Chief Medical Directors of Iruwa Teaching Hospital, Prof Silvanus Okogbeni, National Hospital Abuja, Dr Jaff Momoh, Karu General Hospital, Dr Philips Ekpe all acknowledged having adequate PPEs to attend to patients but called for more funding.

The Chief Medical Director, University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Prof. Bissallah Ekele, urged government and other organisations to also equip other teaching hospitals to help address rejection of patients.

Nancy Anika

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