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CORONAVIRUS TEST IN NIGERIA COSTS #10,000 - MINISTER

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Dr Olurunnimbe Mamora, the Honorable Minister of state for health in Nigeria, on Monday, March 30 made it publicly known that Nigerian government spend about N10,000 to conduct a COVID-19 test on one individual.

Dr Mamora, a graduate of medicine and surgery from the University of Ife ( now Obafemi Awolowo University)  stated that the testing method by the government is the World Health Organization (WHO) validated Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) which produces an accurate result.

The Minister made the comment while speaking to journalists in Abuja, yesterday when the newsmen questioned him about the low rate of testing for the virus in the country.

He said the government was, however, not worried about the cost but the accuracy of the result, hence the insistence on real-time PCR equipment.

The minister maintained that the use of Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) kits has not been approved in Nigeria because the WHO has not validated it.

His words: “I don’t have the exact figure but I was meant to understand that it costs about N10,000 or thereabout to run the test. I am not too sure about the figure.

“But even if at N10,000, you can just imagine the huge financial involvement given the number of people that want to be tested.

“Perhaps, that was why people are coming up with RDTs but we have reservation about it. It’s not WHO validated, it’s mostly based on anti-bodies that would be identified in the blood.

“Also, the margin of error is quite high. PCR remains the most reliable method of testing for an accurate result.”

He said the earlier Nigerians appreciate and support the government to win the COVID-19 battle now the better.

It will be recalled that some Nigerians have called out the government for turning them back when requested to be tested for the novel virus.



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Minister of Communications: Nigeria Needs Biafrans

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Speaking at the commissioning of Technology Orientation Center, built by  the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), Idu, Abuja, the Minister of communications, Adebayo Shittu charged the Nigerian Government to fish out the innovative mind of the defunct Biafran state to aid in Nigeria’s push for industrialization.

He further lamented about the fact that after the civil war, those innovative engineers that sustained the Biafran military for 3 years were left to rot away over the passage of time.

The minister said, “I recall that during the civil war, we had so many innovators from Nnewi and other parts of eastern region then. So many people, who didn’t have university education, developed so many technological infrastructure in the East”.

“But it looks like after the war, they were forgotten. I think Nigeria should look for these great minds that may not have had university education but in terms of innovativeness, they sustained to a great deal the then Biafra Republic Army.

“I think that NASENI should move beyond the elite environment and look for these people who I believe are going to add great value to what NASENI has been doing.

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Bauchi Governor Recovers From Coronavirus, Now Tests Negative

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After two weeks that the Bauchi State governor, Bala Mohammed was declared to have contracted the novel coronavirus after gotten in contact with the son of the former vice president; Atiku Abubakar who was declared earlier annouced to be positive, the Bauchi Governor has now been tested negative for Coronavirus.

It will be noted that the governor had disclosed that he had Governor of Bauchi State, gone on self-isolation following contact with the son of Atiku Abubakar. Also, no fewer than two close contacts of the governor had also been tested positive for the virus.

However, a reliable source at the state government house said that the governor has substantially recovered from the sickness, adding that the governor would be discharged from the Isolation facility at the government house.

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Covid-19: Kogi State Only Done 1 Test

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Kogi and cross states are the only states in Nigeria that have not recorded any case of coronavirus cases in the country, a situation some people have been havind different opinion about. Considering the location of Kogi state in the country, the state shares border with 8 other states and the federal capital and yet all the neighboring states and FCT have recorded at least 5 cases in their state.

It will be recalled that the Kogi state governor in early April said the state have an APP to test the virus and in early May the governor also said the many states that are recording huge number of cases in their state are just inflating the figure.

However, the data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reports that, as at May 18 stated that 35,983 tests have been carried out across the country, while 5,959 have been confirmed positive for the virus.

According to the NCDC update on the COVID-19 outbreak in the country, which was made available on its website, Kogi recorded the lowest number of tests with no confirmed case.

This was followed by Cross River State with seven COVID-19 tests conducted but no positive case.

Lagos State, which had the highest number of tests at 14,886, also topped the list of confirmed cases at 2,550.

Similarly, the Federal Capital Territory was reported to have conducted 4,688 tests and confirmed 418 cases, while Kano State recorded 2,653 tests and 825 confirmed cases.

The update showed the total number of tests in states till date, including Ogun (1,607), Oyo (1,420), Gombe (959), Edo (822), Kwara (770), Kaduna (755), Jigawa (744), Katsina (663), Borno (615) Sokoto (595), Bauchi (577), Osun (522), Ondo (385), and Delta (357).

Others were Rivers (348), Kebbi (336), Nasarawa (324), Zamfara (253), Ekiti (226), Imo (184), Ebonyi (176), Plateau (171), Enugu (145), Abia (119), Akwa Ibom (108), Adamawa (107), Niger (104), Anambra (101), Taraba (76), Bayelsa (70), Benue (59) and Yobe (50).

Presumably, the only test carried out in Kogi state will be the test done for the governor himself.



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