Coronavirus: Lagos has excess testing capacity – Commissioner

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The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, says the state has excess testing capacity for coronavirus infection and is not under pressure in terms of testing.

The commissioner, at a press briefing at the state secretariat on Tuesday, said the state is escalating the molecular testing capacity to be able to do more tests in a day.

Nigeria has recorded 135 cases of coronavirus as of Tuesday, with Lagos at the top of the chart with 81 confirmed cases.

“We still have an excess testing capacity, we have three reference laboratories in Lagos, each of those facilities is testing up to 50 per day, so we have about 150 tests per day. We are increasing that capacity by the day, hopefully, we will be able to get to 200 and so on.”

Mr Abayomi said the molecular test laboratories are more effective and less time-consuming and give 100 per cent accurate results. He said the state is ahead of the outbreak while building more capacity.

Speaking on Jack Ma’s donation, Mr Abayomi said the equipment will be apportioned to each state by the federal government, according to the needs of the states.

“Lagos State has capacity at the moment and not under any stress in terms of access to PPE or testing capacities,” he said.

The commissioner said the state has 81 cases with eight recoveries and no death. He said 66 cases are due to transmission within Lagos and 15 cases came off a vessel that was manoeuvring the coasts of Lagos doing oil and gas work.

“Most of the patients are experiencing a mild to moderate degree of the illness, no patient requires ventilation at the moment.

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