The testing centre for the novel Coronavirus in Kano State has suspended operations over the lack of testing kits.
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Isah Abubakar, Director of the Centre for Infectious Diseases Research, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), confirmed this in an interview on Wednesday.
The is despite the fact that Kano State has recorded the third-highest number of infections in Nigeria, which stands at 73 as of Tuesday evening, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Abubakar in an interview with Channels Television on Wednesday explained that the centre had run out of test kits.
He said the centre would remain closed until new test kits are supplied from Abuja, the nation’s capital.
The centre’s director also stated that all samples taken in Kano will be sent to Abuja for testing, pending the resumption of operation at the Kano testing centre.
He added that during the temporary closure, the laboratory will be fumigated as part of routine bio-safety measures to endure the safety of staff and the environment.
The AKTH COVID-19 testing centre was accredited by the NCDC a few weeks ago to facilitate and reduce the turnaround time for testing in Kano State and other North-Western states.