CORONAVIRUS: NCDC APPROVES NEW TEST CENTRES

Wale Oyewale, Godwin Isenyo, Chima Azubuike and Peter Dada

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has approved the Virology Laboratory of the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, as a sample collection centre for Oyo, Ogun and Kwara states.

This came just as Ekiti, Kaduna and Gombe states are planning to establish testing centres in their states.

Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde said this on his Twitter handle while giving an update on the state’s fight to stop the coronavirus spread.

Makinde said, “The diagnostic centre at the Virology Laboratory, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, is fully functional and has been approved by the NCDC to be the collection centre for Oyo, Ogun and Kwara states.”

The governor added that a team consisting of officials of the World Health Organisation and NCDC visited the 100-bed Infectious Disease Centre at Olodo, Ibadan, and adjudged it to be 85 per cent ready.

Meanwhile, the acting Chairman, Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force, Prof Temitope Alonge, said on Friday that efforts of the state government at curbing the spread of the virus were already yielding results.

Alonge, while addressing journalists at the Infectious Disease Centre, Olodo, Ibadan, said with the efforts of the task force, cases of infection were stable in the state.

He said plans were in place to train health workers and volunteers who would man strategic sections of the Olodo Centre.

In a similar manner, the Kaduna State Government said the NCDC had assured the state of a coronavirus testing centre.

The state Deputy Governor, Hadiza Balarabe, who made this known via a broadcast to residents of the state on Friday, said, “As you all know, there are just seven testing centres in the entire country, with the one at the Federal Capital Territory serving the entire North.

“However, the NCDC has assured us that Kaduna will soon have a testing centre. Last week, the Commissioner for Health and her counterparts from other states met with NCDC officials, where that commitment was again emphasised.”

Also, Gombe State Governor Inuwa Yahaya has approved the establishment of  COVID-19 testing centre in Gombe.

The Chairman of the state Task Force on COVID-19, Prof Idris Mohammed, stated this on Thursday at a press briefing on the activities of his committee.

He said already, the state had placed an order for Polymerase Chain Reaction machines for testing suspected cases, adding that the machines would be available in the next two weeks.

Also, the Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, on Saturday said the state was well prepared to tackle the spread of the deadly coronavirus disease in the state.

The state had recorded the first of index case of the deadly disease on Friday as a military officer, who had been in self isolation was tested positive to the disease.

Consequently, the officer, who was said to just returned from India , was said to have been transferred to the treatment center in Lagos State for treatment.

Addressing journalists at the government house in Akure , the state capital, on Saturday, Governor Akeredolu said the state would create three isolation centres in  the three senatorial districts of the state .

He said, “ We have well-equipped facilities in the state and the facilities will be enough for us. We will create three isolation centres in Ikare, Ondo and Ilu-Titun (each of which will be in each of the three senatorial districts).