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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC has commended the Kwara State Government’s efforts in the fight against novel Coronavirus.

The NCDC team leader, Dr Okoli Innocent gave the commendation while leding other members of the center to kwara on the inspection of laboratories in preparation for establishing of Molecular Testing Centre in the state.

Dr Okoli ssid that the Director-General of the NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu sent the team on inspection visit in appreciation of Governor AbdulRahman administration’s strides  in the health sector.

He pledged the NCDC’s support to the state in the fight against COVID-19.

He pointed out that he was not surprise that the state is ranked fourth in preparation for health emergency in the country, nothing that the availability of state of art medical equipment such as ten ventilators, six gene Xperts, ICU beds among others in the state's health facilities visited by the team is commendable.

He gave an assurance that as soon as the final report on staff training and re-training, provision of more molecular diagnostic equipments and reorganization of laboratories is concluded, the NCDC would swing into action to increase the state's testing capacity. 

While responding, the Chairman Covid- 19 Technical Committee, Mr Kayode Alabi, who was represented by the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Raji Razaq appreciated the NCDC's plan to set of Molecular Testing Center in the state.

He stressed the priority of Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq's administration to reduce medical tourism both for diagnosis and treatment in the state.

Mr Alabi expressed optimism that Kwara would soon own a Molecula laboratory for COVID-19 testing, maintaining that the state will no longer have to take samples to Ede in Osun state or Ibadan in Oyo state for testing.

The NCDC team had earlier donated 1000 pieces each of Viral Transport Medium, Swab sticks and Tongue depressors as well as 320 pieces of Falcon Tubes. The team also inspected the Public Health Laboratory, Harmony Diagnostic Centre and Sobi COVID-19 and infectious  disease centre Ilorin.

Present at the programme are members of the Technical Committee who received the NCDC team include Chairman Kwara House of Assembly Committee on Health, Mr Razaq Owolabi, Chairman of Sub committee on Medical Advisory, Dr Femi Oladiji and Dr Oluwatosin Fakayode among the others.
NCDC COMMENDS KWSG, PLANS TO SET UP TESTING CENTRE IN KWARA. Reviewed by nationalmoonlight on May 21, 2020 Rating: 5

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