The testing laboratory used to detect confirmed cases of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Kano State has resumed operations, one week after it was shut.
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Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), disclosed this in a post on Twitter on Tuesday.
There had been lots of questions by Nigeria following the closure of the laboratory at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), last week, especially as the state witnessed a surge in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.
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Also, the occurrence of mysterious deaths in the state recently without the known cause also raised suspicions.
Ihekweazu, however, lauded the NCDC, AKTH, the Kano State Ministry of Health and its partners for an “incredible joint team effort” to get the laboratory running again.
While noting that the COVID-19 response in the state is not at the preferred optimal level, the NCDC DG announced that a second laboratory will be activated in the state on Wednesday.
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“Thanks to incredible efforts of a joint Team from @NCDCgov, @KNSMOH, @aminukanoth & our partners, the #COVID19 lab at AKTH, Kano is back up & testing has resumed.
“A 2nd lab at Bayero University Kano will be activated tomorrow Not where we want to be yet, but will #keeppushing,” Ihekweazu tweeted.
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Kano State has 77 confirmed Coronavirus cases as of Monday, which is the third-highest in the country.