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COVID-19: Anambra test centre begins operation

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SAMPLES from 19 persons were tested for coronavirus pandemic at Accunalysis Diagnostics Laboratory, a private molecular laboratory in Nnewi, Anambra State.

  The facility was recently certified by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)  to conduct COVID-19 testing.

The new Accunalysis Diagnostics Laboratory is sufficiently equipped to conduct medical inquiries and run complex tests on its ultramodern machines.

  A release by the Anambra State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C Don Adinuba, stated that the testing was in fulfillment of Gov. Wilie Obiano’s promise over the weekend to see the centres commence operation this week.

According to Adinuba, the tests carried out at the weekend are the first set of samples from Anambra State to be tested for COVID-19 in the state; hitherto, such tests were done only at the Virology Centre, Irrua, Edo State.

“The privately owned diagnostic centre in Nnewi, where the tests were done, is one of the three laboratories in Anambra State which Governor Willie Obiano has been advising the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to certify as testing centres for COVID-19.

The other two are the state government-owned Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Teaching Hospital Mega Laboratory in Awka, the only mega lab in the Southeast which can test up to 500 samples simultaneously; and the federal government-owned Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital Laboratory in Nnewi.

At the invitation of the Anambra State government, top officials of the NCDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) visited the state on Saturday, April 28, 2020, and inspected the three laboratories and other relevant key facilities; they expressed delight at what they saw.

In other words, both the public private partnership (PPP) and cooperative federalism (as opposed to adversarial federalism) are operational in Anambra State for the benefit of the people,” he said.

He further explained the facility as one of the responses made by indigenous investors in answering Gov. Obiano’s call for investment at home under the auspices of “akụlụeụnọ” economic blueprint.

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