NCDC: Bayero University, Kano Molecular Testing COVID-19 Center can Compete with Anyone

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has described the Molecular Testing Centre for COVID 19 established by Bayero University, Kano as world-class which can compete with anyone in the world, the NCDC Team Leader, Dr. Ndodo Nnaemeka, has said.

Speaking in Kano on Friday 1st, May 2020 at the test running of the Centre, situated at the University’s Centre for Infectious Disease Research (CIDR), Dr. Nnaemeka, who is also the Chief Molecular Bioengineer at the National Reference Laboratory of the NCDC explained that the facilities and equipment provided by the University are of high quality.

“This is an excellent Molecular Testing Centre, equipped with fantastic facilities and could as well adjudge as a world-class in every standard,” he said.

He particularly commended the management of Bayero University for what he termed as an excellent initiative for its foresight in humanitarian services. The NCDC representative assured the University that the Centre would do everything humanly possible to ensure that it maintains high standards.

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor Professor Muhammad Yahuza Bello disclosed that the University had invested a whopping sum for the installation of the equipment at the centre as well as the provision of Personal Protective Equipments, PCR and other components of testing kits.

The Vice-Chancellor said the importance of test centre in the fight against COVIDD 19 could not be overemphasized hence the desire to also complement government effort in that direction.

He also explained that the management will do everything possible to ensure that the centre succeeds and that he promised that all the personnel attached to the centre would have their welfare and safety be fully taken care of. To this end, he said all protective measures would be taken in order to guarantee their safety.

Professor Bello called on while appreciating the personal commitment of the staff of the NCDC which saw the taken off of the centre, however, appealed for more intervention so as to make the centre viable and efficient in the discharge of its mandate.

Also speaking the Director of the Centre for Infectious Disease Research, (CIDR), Professor Isa Abubakar, said the University had recruited and trained enough personnel to work at the Centre which has the capacity of testing over 180 samples every day.


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