NCDC To Restart Cross River COVID-19 Reference Lab


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NCDC To Restart Cross River COVID-19 Reference Lab





The Reference Laboratory was deployed by Gov Ayade, rebuilt and furnished, while NCDC provided new PCR machines and some necessary equipment/medical consumables! Now members of the public can go there free of charge on Mondays to Fridays to be checked!

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After the Vandalisation and Theft of the Reference COVID-19 research laboratory at Dr Lawrence Henshaw Memorial Hospital (IDH) during the ENDSARS protest, the State’s COVID-19 response suffered some setbacks. Following the second COVID-19 wave and the growing number of incidents, the Governor ordered the immediate reconstruction and restart of the laboratory to support surveillance and massive state testing.

Major renovation by the State Government is currently underway and completed in some areas, destroyed electricity and water, has been restored to the building; while the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) whose team has already arrived in the state yesterday supports the laboratory with a PCR machine and other equipment needed to make the place functional again. Biotechnical engineers and a technical team were also sent by the NCDC to restart the laboratory.

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During a courtesy visit to her office, the NCDC team sent by Dr. Chikwe DG NCDC told State Commissioner for Health Dr. Betta Edu that all was set for the laboratory to start receiving COVID-19 samples again for testing. In particular, Mr Tunde Jegede, the team leader, praised the State Governor, the Government and the Commissioner for their efforts to reduce the spread of this virus. In the midst of other issues that concern the COVID-19 pandemic that we will resolve, we have been sent down here from the National to assist the State in setting up her laboratory.

In response, Dr Betta Edu, State Commissioner for Health, welcomed and appreciated Dr Chikwe, NCDC’s DG, for following his words to support the state, welcoming the NCDC team and ensuring a strong synergy and working relationship to ensure that both partners achieve positive results. Our goal is to test 450 people per local government in the next month!

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We sent more hands to the EOC to ensure that we do not lack the workforce in that area, the EOC team will meet twice a week, particularly now that the laboratory is restarted, while strengthening field surveillance. The pillar of risk communication will need a lot of support taking into account the need for them to sensitize the public on the new vaccines. Other relevant issues are around the centeent of isolation

Dr Janet Ekpenyong, DG of the CRSPHCDA, who was also part of the visit, enumerated the areas of tremendous excellent results recorded by the State as well as areas that need urgent attention and support. She also explained the head start of the State in addressing COVID-19, which today has made the fight an easy one, even though most health workers are tired and will need incentives, massive suppo

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In a vote of thanks, on behalf of the CRSMOH, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Barr Takon Asu Takon, thanked the NCDC and WHO team for coming as he assured them not only of a good working relationship but also of a safe and comfortable stay in the state while appealing for more support from the federal government and partners. The WHO team led by Mrs. Ch Ch was at the meeting with the Commissioner.


NCDC To Restart Cross River COVID-19 Reference Lab



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