From Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
The Delta State Government on Wednesday said it had established a testing centre for COVID-19.
Secretary to the State Government, Mr Chiedu Ebie, made this known while inaugurating the laboratory at Asaba Specialist Hospital, and said that the centre would enable the government to control and scale up diagnostic capacity in the state.
According to him, the facility came at the right time as it will enable suspected cases of COVID-19 to be tested in the state and the result received on time.
Ebie thanked management of Irrua Specialist Hospital and Pandora Group for deploying the laboratory to the state and called on others to partner the government in the fight against the dreaded virus.
“We have just had a brief tour of this test centre which is a partnership between PANDORA ID NET and Delta State Government and facilitated by Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH).
“This is the first in the series of test centres that we will be establishing here in Delta and what this means is that we will be able to wrap up our testing of suspected COVID-19 patients or samples so that the results will come out faster within the shortest time possible.
“We are very grateful to PANDORA team and the representative of the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital and also to the Commissioner for Health for all the good work he has been doing and the team from NCDC.
“We thank you so much for your support,” he said.
In his remarks, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Mordi Ononye, said that the laboratory was a dream come-through as the centre could run many tests as possible.
Representative of Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Dr Reuben Eifediyi, said the deployment of the centre was to enable suspected cases in the state have access to medical facilities for testing before treatment could commence.
He charged residents of the state to maximize the opportunity to avert reporting to the hospital when the situation had become critical.
The Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu and officials of Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) witnessed the event.