Korea donates three COVID-19 walk-through testing booths to Nigeria

 The Federal Government says it has received a donation of three smart walk-through testing booths from the government of the Republic of Korea.

A walk-through testing booth allows complete separation between patients and health workers, with the ultimate aim of curbing the spread of the contagion from patients to medical staff.

“Its key features include a high-efficiency particulate air filter, high-efficiency bi-directional fan module, air conditioning, intercom system and LED control panel and a heating system to make the environment conducive for medical staff collecting COVID-19 samples,” the Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, H.E. Maj. Gen. Lee In-Tae, said at the event.

The official handover ceremony of the booths took place in Abuja on Thursday.

In a statement signed by Director of Press of the Federal Ministry of Health, Olujimi Oyetomi, the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora, appreciated the Korean government for its continued support in strengthening Nigeria’s response to COVID-19.

“The gesture has shown that the Republic of Korea is a true friend of Nigeria, because a friend in need is a friend indeed,” Mamora said.

He said the smart walk-through booths were expected to provide medical staff with effective protection during sample collection, support mass screening for COVID-19 in a timely manner and reduce the use of Personal Protective Equipment during test sample collection.

Mamora said the booths would be put into use at the National Reference Laboratory in Abuja, Central Public Health Laboratory and also at the Nigerian Institute for Medical Research in Lagos.

The ambassador, who commended Nigerian front line health workers for their resilience in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, said, “The donation of the the smart walk-through booths for COVID-19 sample collection marks another milestone in the bilateral relations between our country and Nigeria, which has been established since 1980.

“As a key bilateral partner, Republic of Korea has continually engaged in the advancement of existing excellent cooperation projects for Nigeria in maternal and child health, education and, recently, COVID-19 response.

“I believe the donation of the smart walk-through booths has further consolidated the bilateral relations, which marked the 40th anniversary this year.”

The ambassador who was represented by the KOICA Country Director, Woochan Chang, expressed optimism that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control would ensure efficiency and good maintenance of the booths at the deployed locations in the country.

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