Nigeria needs more testing kits as NCDC adds two more testing labs

The Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, said Nigeria needed more supplies RNA extraction kits to cater for the expansion of its COVID-19 testing capacity.

Ihekweazu made this known in his twitter handle on Sunday.

The centre earlier said it had added two more laboratories to the existing 13 laboratories established in the country, making a total of 15 laboratories nationwide.

Briefing of the Presidential Task Force for COVID-19 in Abuja recently, the NCDC DG had said that the centre would increase Nigeria’s COVID-19 testing capacity to 4000 per day across the country with 2000 samples to be done per day in Lagos State.

But with the shortage of testing kits, Nigerians are worried if the Centre would be able to carry out tests as envisaged.

The NCDC DG’s call for more kits came amid increasing criticisms that the centre was not responding to demands of Nigerians, who desperately sought testing.

MAURICE OGU (@cojmaurice)

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