The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has accredited the Niger State Public Health Laboratory, Minna to join its laboratory network for testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) disease.
The agency made this known via its official Twitter handle @NCDCgov on Wednesday.
It should be recalled that Governor Abubakar Sani Bello had earlier said the test center is ready and only awaiting confirmation from the NCDC before it begins operation.
The establishment of the centre was in fulfillment of the federal government resolve to activate a centre in all the 36 states in Nigeria.
Responding, the Chairman of COVID-19 Taskforce and Secretary to Niger State Governor, Hon. Ahmed Ibrahim Matane thanked the NCDC team for activating and approving the PCR lab.
“On behalf of His Excellency, the Governor of Niger State, I express our heartfelt gratitude to the team from the NCDC for approving the Niger State Public Health Laboratory, the facility we have in the premises of General Hospital in Minna.”
He expressed appreciation to Governor Abubakar Sani Bello for the huge investment in the health sector of the state’s economy as exemplified in the upgrading of health care facilities across the state.
According to Hon. Matane, the lab which would also be used in carrying out tests for other infectious diseases, would help in increasing the state’s testing for the COVID-19, thereby helping it contain further spread of the virus.
By Yusuf Mu’awiyyah Muye