By Ojebo Donald
In response to the rising number of confirmed COVID 19 cases, the Delta State Government has established a mobile laboratory for the testing of COVID 19 samples.
The Secretary to the Delta State Government, Mr. Chiedu Ebie stated this today during his visit to the newly deployed COVID 19 mobile laboratory at the Asaba Specialist Hospital.
‘What this means is that the State will be able to ramp up our testing of suspected COVID19 patients’ samples and that results will be able to come out faster within the available shortest time’ the SSG said.
He thanked the Pan African Network for Disease Outbreak Research and Rapid Response, (PANDORA), the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Edo State, the leadership of the State health ministry and his team and others for their efforts so far at containing the spread of the disease in the State .
The Delta State Commissioner for Health Dr. Mordi Ononye said the State refused to heed to calls by some persons for the State to use rapid response testing kits but rather decided to work with Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, the designated center for South-South States for the molecular type of tests.
He said the State has the capacity in terms of personnel to handle COVID 19 cases which is evident in the discharge of two confirmed cases that have been reunited with their families, while the three active cases were responding to treatment.
The Commissioner explained that the two deaths that had been recorded died before their test results came out.
He therefore encouraged persons with symptoms to report to any government health facility or the COVID19 centers and they will be well attended to.
Dr. Reuben Eifediyi, Director Clinical Services, Training and Research/Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC), Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Edo State stated that based on the request by the State Government, the Management of Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital graciously approved the deployment of the mobile laboratory in partnership with PANDORA.
He said they have deployed mobile laboratories to other states in the country and that they still have another laboratory to deploy to any part of Delta State if the state should place such request.