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Nigeria: States Will Be Able To Conduct COVID-19 Tests From Next Week – FGS

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The Director-General Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, said Tests will no longer be exclusively handled by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

Speaking during the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja, he said tests will be possible with the activation of the GeneXpert platform.

He said they have provided the testing infrastructure and by the end of next week the states will start the tests. He also said that three states have already started and they will have the GeneXpert in seven other states.

He added that by the end of next week every single state in Nigeria that wants to will be able to test within its boundaries. The GeneXpert machine used to test tuberculosis is being repurposed for COVID-19 using a different cartridge.

It tests more samples than the standard PCR machine which has the same level of accuracy and produces results in less than two hours.
Ihekweazu added that the shortest possible timeline for the development of any vaccine will be next year.

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