Coronavirus: Ogun State sets up molecular laboratory, awaits NCDC accreditation
Ogun State has become the first state in Nigeria to set up a molecular laboratory for testing suspected cases of coronavirus.
The laboratory is situated within the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu, and it is set to become operational after accreditation by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC).
Governor Abiodun believes that the molecular laboratory will minimize the test turn-around time which, he said is currently between 3-5 days, adding that it will fast-track the handling of positive cases.
“These laboratories will function so effectively, because we are also setting up testing booths in high-risk border areas around Lagos, and also mobile labs that will move around communities hosting patients so far confirmed, for possible close contacts, in areas including Ota, Ifo, Obafe and Sagamu,” he said.
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Great to announce we have discharged 6 persons in total, after they each twice tested negative to the COVID-19, out of the 9 total confirmed cases across the State. Of all 6 discharged persons, 3 were discharged between yesterday Wednesday, 15th April, 2020 and today, Thursday, 16th April. This leaves 3 active cases we are currently handling in the State. The test-and-trace strategy we have adopted has so far yielded the identification of 210 contacts of suspected patients, and we have discharged 110 who were observed within 14 days under quarantine, leaving 100 persons under observation. To further enhance such response, we have installed the first State-fully funded molecular laboratory in the Country in addition to our working on the ownership of another molecular lab, and they will become operational after accreditation by the @ncdcgov, increasing our daily testing capacity to 1,000 per day. These laboratories will function so effectively, because we are also setting up testing booths in high-risk border areas around Lagos, and also mobile labs that will move around communities hosting patients so far confirmed, for possible close contacts, in areas including Ota, Ifo, Obafe and Sagamu. I see hope ahead. Ogun people, your wellbeing and safety matter to me. Together, let’s stay home. Let’s stay safe. May our efforts never fail. #COVID19 #BuildingOurFutureTogether
Ogun State has confirmed nine cases of Covid-19 with three currently undergoing treatment while the six others have recovered fully from the virus.