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Three Nigerian Laboratories Geared up To Take a look at Coronavirus, Says FG

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The Federal Authorities has geared up three laboratories in Nigeria with re-agents able to detecting any potential case of Coronavirus within the nation.

The illness, which first broke out within the Wuhan province of China, has contaminated 42,708 individuals and claimed 1,017 lives.

Nigeria’s Minister of Well being, Osagie Ehanire disclosed this on Wednesday to State home correspondents after the weekly Federal Govt Council (FEC) assembly in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

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The minister stated the re-agents and Polymerase chain response (PCR) machine utilized in molecular biology to quickly make thousands and thousands to billions of copies of a selected DNA pattern have been bought about eight days in the past.

“The preparedness principally on the airports that are the details of entry into the nation; Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, and Kano and in addition the truth that all passengers arriving Nigeria are screened by digital camera’s that take your temperature and appears at your journey historical past.

“Since about eight days in the past, we obtained a re-agent crucial; now we have the Polymerase chain response (PCR) machines which now we have for molecular diagnostics.”

The well being minister added that “It’s instructive to know that there isn’t a case of coronavirus in Nigeria and there’s no case reported in Africa.”

He added that the laboratories the place the machines have been deployed in Lagos, Abuja, and Irrua in Edo state have examined two circumstances of Coronavirus, which turned out unfavorable.

“For coronavirus being a brand new illness was not very a lot obtainable however we acquired it about eight days in the past and now three laboratories in Nigeria can take a look at coronavirus, in actual fact, they’ve examined two circumstances already which have been unfavorable; Lagos, Abuja and Irrua which is Nigeria’s centre of excellence for this viral haemorrhagic fever which is a class to which coronavirus and Lassa fever belongs to significantly.”

He revealed that for Lassa fever, there have been fairly just a few incidences that passed off in 2020, however the therapy and reporting have additionally improved.

Mr. Ehanire acknowledged that the case fatality price has dropped to about 15 from 30 per cent.

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