The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has activated additional laboratory for Ibadan, Akwa Ibom, and Jigawa, InsideOyo.com gathered.
This brings the total number of NCDC-powered labs with capacity to test for COVID19 in Nigeria to 33 States and two in Ibadan, Oyo state capital.
The new three laboratories are Biorepository & Clinical Virology Lab UCH, Ibadan, Molecular Diagnostics Lab, Infectious Disease Unit, General Hospital, Ituk Mkpang, Akwa Ibom and Jigawa State Molecular Lab, Dutse
According to NCDC, the new labs will add to its Molecular Lab Network.
In April 2020, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) added the Virology Laboratory of University College Hospital, Ibadan to expanded the number of labs with the capacity to test for COVID19.
Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General of NCDC, had tated that each laboratory costs about 150 million naira to build and equip initially, and millions of naira to maintain functionality.