The Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has established a COVID-19 testing laboratory at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) in Maiduguri, Borno State.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the testing centre is to enhance effective surveillance, detection and response to the pandemic in the North East region.
The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the hospital, Prof. Ahmed Ahidjo, in an interview with NAN on Thursday disclosed that henceforth, the samples of suspected cases of COVID-19 in Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and other neighbouring states can be tested and conducted at the facility.
The CMD said: “We have already established our own COVID-19 centre in the hospital in collaboration with the Borno State Government. I want to commend the government for supporting the hospital. We have also produced our own hand sanitizers for our staff, hospital community as well as the general public with a view to promoting safe hygiene practices.’’
The CMD who commended Sir Emeka Offor Foundation for donating about 140 feet container loads of medical equipment, urged well-meaningly individuals, philanthropists and business communities to emulate the foundation to enable it to improve the quality of health in the society.
NAN reports that Borno is one of the 17 states in Nigeria yet to record any Coronavirus case. The NCDC has so far supported about 11 states to establish Public Health Emergency Operations Centres for improved coordination of outbreak preparedness and response. The states include Osun, Lagos, Oyo, Sokoto, Kaduna, Kano, Ebonyi, Borno, Plateau and Rivers as well as FCT-Abuja