CORONAVIRUS TEST LABORATORIES SETUP IN NIGERIA

Health Technology

The Federal Government of Nigeria has given information on three laboratories equipped with re-agents to detect any possible cases of the deadly coronavirus in the country.

This news was passed on Wednesday by the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire at the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting in the country’s capital.

The disease which first broke out in the Wuhan Province of China has infected over 42,000 persons with over 1,000 lives taken.

The minister said the re-agents and Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machine used in molecular biology to rapidly make millions to billions of copies of a specific DNA sample were purchased about eight days ago.

He further said that they have obtained the necessary re-agents and the Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machines which are for molecular diagnostics.

He said that the personnel will be stationed at the main points of entry into the country; the Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, and Kano international airports and some seaports to check for possible cases of the disease.

He added that the laboratories where the machines have been deployed in Lagos, Abuja, and Irrua in Edo state have tested two cases of Coronavirus, which turned out negative.

So far, there has been no reported case of the deadly plague in Nigeria or anywhere around Africa.

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