Ekhomu advises FG to expand national testing capacity

Sat Mar 21st, 2020 - Abuja (FCT)

Security expert, Dr. Ona Ekhomu, has called on the federal government to urgently increase the national testing capacity for the COVID-19 disease to enable early diagnosis of infected individuals and save lives.

He said the current five COVID-19 test laboratories in Lagos (two centres), Abuja, Irrua (Edo State) and Ede (Osun State) are grossly inadequate to handle the growing pandemic threat, advising government to purchase new PCR machines and reagents to enable expanded testing, adding that the pandemic response infrastructure should be bolstered to handle a rapid spread of COVID-19 cases.

Ekhomu, who is President of the Association of Industrial Security and Safety Operators of Nigeria (AISSON), charged the federal government to urgently stockpile ventilators, face masks, gowns, hand gloves and other PPEs in anticipation of the large number of expected cases, saying Nigerian pharmaceutical manufacturers should be directed to produce hand sanitisers.




source: Guardian