BY VICTORIA IKEANO
Nasarawa state governor. Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule has advocated setting up of COVID-19 testing laboratories in all states of the federation as part of efforts to mitigate the coronavirus disease in Nigeria.
Speaking at an NTA breakfast programme monitored by Nasarawa Eye, Sule noted that the country needed to ramp up testing capacity as well as utilize such capacity.
The governor who spoke about measures being taken by his government to stem its spread into the state said that a standard diagnostic centre that was started off by the last administration during the Ebola virus outbreak in Nigeria had now been completed and ready for use as COVID-19 centre.
Apart from Lafia, the state has also set up isolation centres in its major towns of Awe, Doma, Akwanga, Keffi and Nasarawa.
In a veiled reference to Chinese doctors that arrived Nigeria some days ago to assist in the fight against COVID-19, Governor Sule remarked that treatment protocols for patients varied among countries.
He described as satisfactory, the level of compliance to the state’s movement restriction order while hinting that government had largely been adopting persuasion to engender compliance.
Governor Sule praised his deputy,Dr. Emmanuel Akabe as chairman of the state’s COVID-19 task force for doing a “ good job” and the security agencies including the air force for maintaining order in this period of lock down.
The governor has extended the stay at home restriction for another ten days.
Nasarawa state has no case of COVID-19 yet. Tests on two suspected cases in Keffi in March were negative.