Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), is set to validate the capacity of the Lagos University of Teaching Hospital (LUTH), to test for the novel coronavirus. Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General of NCDC, disclosed this on his Twitter handle.
NAN reports that LUTH is one of the five functional molecular laboratories for testing samples from the South-West states of Nigeria.
The centre said the five laboratories have the capacity to diagnose Lassa fever in the country and each laboratory costs about 100 million naira to equip initially, and millions of naira to maintain functionality.
“We have set up capacity to make a diagnosis of coronavirus in Abuja and would do the same in Lagos this week. Lagos and Abuja are our main points of entry,” he said.
He also said the Centre has agreed on an initial national case definition to identify suspected cases. The NCDC, Port Health Services and State Epidemiologists are aware of the process for identification and confirmation.
“We‘ll review these criteria as additional information on nCoV2019 becomes available,” he stated.
He said that NCDC has given advisories to Nigerians on the novel coronavirus and how to protect themselves.
The Centre has also published frequently asked questions on the novel coronavirus to keep Nigerians informed.