Anambra State has joined several others across the country, who can now test and provide results for COVID-19 patients.
This is following the approval of the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Awka, Anambra State as a testing centre by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC
This was contained in an NCDC document entitled, “National Strategy to Scale Up Access to Coronavirus Disease testing in Nigeria, which was sighted by our correspondent in Awka.
According to the document, the approval was one of the federal governments’ plans to ensure rapid testing of Nigerians for the Coronavirus.
Part of the document read: “In order to contain the outbreak, the government has decided to rapidly scale diagnostic centres to cover all the 36 states and Abuja.
“Nigeria has only 12 functional testing facilities in eight states with the capacity to conduct a minimum of 1500 tests per day in Lagos and 1000 tests per day in Abuja and others.
“In order to characterize the outbreak and understand the transmission of COVID-19, more people need to be tested. To achieve good results means leveraging on the capacities and assets from other national disease programs for efficiency.
The Chief Medical Director of the Teaching Hospital, Dr. Basil Nwankwo confirmed the approval to journalists when asked about it.
He said: “Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital Amaku has been designated as a COVID-19 testing centre and we will do all within our capacity to support the fight against the spread of the scourge”.
“Governor Willie Obiano is desirous of making sure that the centre begins operation immediately.”