COVID-19 University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital gets covid-19 testing laboratory in Borno

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC has setup a COVID-19testing laboratory at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital in Borno state.
The UMTH laboratory is to enhance effective surveillance, detection and response to the coronavirus pandemic in the Northeast.
While confirming the COVID-19 testing laboratory inMaiduguri, UMTH’s Chief Medical Director, Prof. Ahmed Ahidjo, said that henceforth, the samples of suspected cases of COVID-19 inBorno, Yobe, Adamawa and other neighbouring states, can be conducted at this laboratory.
He said the NCDC had installed the Surveillance, Outbreak ResponseManagement and Analysis System SORMAS, to improve diseasesurveillance, detection and management of any outbreaks.
Adding that ten laboratoryscientists and two quality control officers had undergone capacitytraining on how to use the testing machines and kits by NCDC management.
Prof. Ahidjocommended the government for supporting the hospital stressing that the support was timely, as it came at a critical time of need.
He therefore; called on well-meaning individuals, philanthropists andbusiness communities to emulate the Foundation, adding since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Nigeria, Borno is one of the 17states yet to record any case.
NCDC has also supported 11 states in the setup of Public HealthEmergency Operations CentresPHEOP for effective and efficientcoordination of COVID-19 outbreak andresponse.The NCDC supported states include Osun, Lagos, Oyo, Sokoto, Kaduna,Kano, Ebonyi, Borno, Plateau and Rivers as well as the FCT.

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