COVID-19 Test Centre in Kano Runs Out of Kits, Suspends Operations
POLITICS DIGEST – Amidst daily increase in number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Kano state, the test laboratory centre of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has suspended operations.
It was reported that NCDC on April, 9th activated COVID-19 test centre at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano.
Director, Centre for Infectious Diseases Research, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), Prof. Isah Abubakar revealed this on Wednesday that the centre had run out of test kits such as reagents.
He said the shortage was observed on Tuesday when the Centre tested 44 persons and the reagents were only enough for 40 as the results for the other four was invalid due to shortage of the reagents
‘’Right now as I speak to you, the 4 others that the results were invalid yesterday have been sent to Abuja to complete the test and get results.”
Prof. Isah Abubakar explained that they have notified the NCDC headquarters in Abuja and expecting them to restock the centre.
However, Kano as at Tuesday night has 73 positive cases and one death while no patient has been discharged.
To this end, Kano state is now enveloped with strange mass deaths but the cause is yet to be uncovered.
The state government is set to probe and unravel the said cause.