By Ojebo Donald
Delta State Government has achieved milestone in her fight against the spread of Coronavirus as she receives COVID19 mobile laboratory for the testing of the disease.
State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mordi Ononye made this known today at the Asaba Specialist Hospital when he received the Team from Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Edo State.
The Commissioner who was represented by Dr. Minnie Oseji, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health said the deployment of the COVID 19 mobile laboratory was made possible by the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital in partnership with Delta State Government and Pan African Network for Disease Outbreak Research and Rapid Response (PANDORA).
Dr. Ononye said that with the mobile laboratory, Delta State will be able to scale up the COVID19 testings and nip in the bud as early as possible cases of the disease.
Earlier, the Team Lead, Dr. Reuben Eifediyi, Director, Clinical Services, Training and Research/Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC), Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Irrua, Edo State said that as part of their response to the COVID 19 pandemic they have done so many deployment of the mobile laboratories to various Institutions and States in the country.
He said that based on the request by the Delta State government, they are in the State to set up the mobile laboratory supported by PANDORA and the European Union and ready to set up more when the State request for such.
On his part, Prof Danny Asogun, Consultant Public Health Physician, Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Edo State, said the Team is happy to deploy the mobile laboratory to support the testing capacity of the State on COVID19.
He said the Team will train personnel from the State on how to use the mobile laboratory on outbreak situation and also build capacity in deploying the molecular diagnostic laboratory that will help to curtail the spread of Coronavirus in Delta State.