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Fayemi sets up molecular lab for 12,000 tests monthly

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THE Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, have inaugurated a COVID-19 mobile molecular laboratory to facilitate the testing of 12,000 persons monthly.

The laboratory installed at the Ekiti State Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH), Ado-Ekiti, in partnership with 54gene, a company set up to provide genomic data for Africa, which berthed barely a month ago, was unveiled as the COVID-19 Response Hub, a Geographic Information System-based application created to manage data on the pandemic in the state.

The COVID-19 mobile laboratory is fully equipped with vital testing instruments and biosafety materials, including an autoclave, biosafety cabinet, centrifuge, heating blocks, vortexes, pipettes, and PCR machines.

Speaking at the event, Fayemi said with the installation and inauguration of the lab, the state now has testing capacity of up to 400 daily, and will be done across all 16 local government areas to facilitate early detection of the coronavirus and ensure timely and adequate treatment of victims.

The governor went further to state that the COVID-19 mobile lab would remain in the state even after the pandemic has abated, and would be utilised as a fully functional molecular laboratory, urging that it would also boost the state molecular testing capabilities, and may be used by medical researchers and clinicians within the state in the event of any future outbreaks.

Also speaking the event, a legal luminary and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Chief Afe Bababola urged public-spirited individuals and organisations to donate to the Response Resource Mobilisation for Ekiti State Covid-19 Response. “Once more, I appeal to those who have not contributed to the project to do so in cash or kind,” he said.

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