COVID-19: NCDC approves Bayelsa lab, Obaseki inaugurates another


The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has activated the newly inaugurated Bayelsa State Molecular Laboratory, Research and Diagnostic Centre as a COVID-19 testing laboratory in the country.

The NCDC certified the laboratory located in Bayelsa Medical University, Yenagoa, through a letter signed by the Laboratory Network Advisor, Celestina Obiekea, and addressed to the state Commissioner for Health.

The facility, which was inaugurated by Governor Douye Diri on Tuesday, brought the number of NCDC accredited laboratories in the country to 66 in 34 states, a statement by his acting Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah, said on Friday.

According to the NCDC, the Bayelsa laboratory had fulfilled the necessary requirements for a molecular laboratory to test for COVID-19 as well as meet all successful validations and optimisations.

The NCDC said, “This is to officially inform you that having fulfilled the necessary requirements for a molecular laboratory to test for COVID-19 and all successful validations and optimisations, the Molecular Biology Laboratory at the Bayelsa Medical University is now activated as a COVID-19 testing laboratory in Nigeria.

“The state will be primarily responsible for the procurement of consumables, equipment and other materials while NCDC will support with reagents and tests kits as available to all labs at the national level.”

 Meanwhile, the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has inaugurated the fourth COVID-19 molecular laboratory in the state.

Inaugurating the testing facility at Lily Hospital in Benin City, Obaseki said the laboratory was the first privately owned PCR laboratory in the South-South region of the country.

The governor said, “As a government, we will continue to encourage private people to come and invest in healthcare in Edo State. Our goal is to make Edo State the healthcare hub of this region. Our emphasis as a government is on primary healthcare.”

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