The Director Normal (DG) of the Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC) Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu has assured that the testing centre in Kano State will resume actions immediately, April 27.
Ihekweazu disclosed this on Monday throughout the Presidential Job Power (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja.
He defined that the centre was earlier shut within the curiosity of the employees as a result of it was contaminated and a few employees had been contaminated.
He added that re-opening of the lab concerned collaborative efforts of NCDC employees, Kano State laboratory scientist, adhoc workers, amongst others.
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“Now we have been working exhausting to make sure that the lab re-open however we’ve to do that safely. Within the final 72hours we’ve despatched one other staff from the nationwide reference lab of the NCDC they usually have labored day and night time to reactivate that lab.
“I’m completely happy to announce that the lab will begin working this afternoon. It is going to begin testing samples once more.
“This has not been a simple effort. It has taken the collective effort of my staff, the lab scientists in Kano, colleagues we’ve employed in an adhoc approach and many individuals which have quietly labored on this to make it occur. We won’t cease until the lab is totally practical once more,” the NCDC boss mentioned.
He added that Kano State is among the states through which NCDC has the strongest ties with and is due to this fact extremely involved concerning the scenario within the state.
Ihekweazu added that efforts are in place to research the reason for elevated deaths not too long ago reported within the state.
“We are also working very hard to investigate the causes of the deaths that have been reported. Mortality surveillance is not easy. So, we are working to do what we call a verbal autopsy retrospectively and prospectively together with the public health team in Kano,” Ihekweazu mentioned.
He added that studies of the preliminary investigation into the reason for the deaths needs to be out there in few days.