COVID-19: NCDC announces 2 more molecular laboratories

Dr Chikwe Iheakweazu DG NCDC
Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu DG NCDC
Dr Chikwe Iheakweazu DG NCDC
Dr. Chikwe Iheakweazu DG NCDC

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced the inclusion of two more laboratories into the country’s COVID-19 pandemic molecular network.

Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, NCDC Director-General, said the additional laboratories bring the total number of molecular laboratories in the network to 17.

In a bid to expand testing capacity in Nigeria, NCDC DG said that two private laboratories were now on board- the DNA laboratory in Kaduna and the 54 Gene laboratory in Lagos and Ogun.

According to him, the 54 Gene will be the first to launch the first mobile COVID-19 testing laboratory in Ogun using a 40ft container.

Ihekweazu said that all these were aimed at scaling up testing across the country for mobility, speed, and access to win the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

He said that the country now can do a minimum of over three thousand tests daily.

NCDC has fully set up an expanded laboratory network for COVID-19 across the six geopolitical zones, as 13 laboratories had been activated.