Nigeria setting up facilities to diagnose Coronavirus — Dr. Mamora


Nigeria setting up facilities to diagnose Coronavirus — Dr Olorunimbe Mamora

By  Sola Ogundipe & Chinelo Azike

The Federal government has said that the country is setting up facilities to diagnose the Novel Coronavirus.

The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Olorunimbe Mamora, who disclosed this in Abuja, said the government had already activated an emergency preparedness multisectoral group.

“In the next couple of days, we would have our own laboratories to diagnose coronavirus which we don’t have at the moment. We have the equipment but not the reagents to test because it is a new virus that has just been discovered, so we need the reagents and of course, we are in touch with relevant international agencies like the World Health Organisation, WHO, and others to supply us this reagent to enable us to make a diagnosis.

“If we have had a case today we will have to take samples and send it to either South Africa or the Netherlands. Within the next few days, maybe the next 48 hours or 72 hours, we should have one centre, that is the information…

Source: Vanguard Newspaper