From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano
Chairman of Kano Taskforce Committee on COVID-19, who is also the Deputy Governor of the state, Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna has expressed delight over the establishment of COVID-19 Test Laboratory at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), Kano, by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Gawuna who inspected the facility said he was pleased that the Kano COVID-19 Text Laboratory will not only serve the good people of Kano state, but also other neighbouring states.
He added that it was a welcome development that from now, all samples of suspected cases of COVID-19 will not be taken to Abuja for testing but would be done in Kano.
Gawuna noted that, “we are on a fact finding mission,from what we have seen in the laboratory…installation of equipment is complete and test running has been made.”
He also conveyed the appreciation of his boss, Dr.Abdullahi Umar Ganduje to the Federal Government for setting up the COVID-19 test centre in Kano, pointing out that other neighbouring states can also bring their samples of suspected cases of COVID-19 for testing in the centre.
While conducting Gawuna round the test centre,a Laboratory Scientist with NCDC, Abdulmajid Musa said they have installed the platform approved by the NCDC which could test any sample for COVID-19.
According to him, they have also started training professionals from AKTH on how to operate the equipment.
Speaking earlier, the Chief Medical Director of AKTH, Prof. Abdurrahaman Sheshe, appreciated the effort of the State Task Force Committee on COVID-19 under the leadership of Gawuna, for the way it is sensitizing the public on how to curtail the spread of Corona Virus.
He also revealed that preparations are also on top gear for opening another COVID-19 Test Centre in AKTH, all in an effort of curbing the spread of of the pandemic.