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  • Each  COVID-19 test costs $20 – NCDC

    On the cheaper testing method being developed in Dakar, Senegal, Ihekweazu said that the West African country had always enjoyed the presence of the World Health Organisation and a reference laboratory run by the WHO.

    It said the new testing method would only be available by the middle of the year. He, however, said that it would not come as cheap as being said in the media.

    He added, “There is a long standing World Health Organisation laboratory in Dakar, Senegal that has been a reference centre for a long time. There is a new testing development that will become available sometime in June or  July. It is not available now. All the tests they have done so far (in Senegal) were done using PCR (polymerase chain reaction). There is no way that it (the new testing method) will be available at that price ($1).

    “It costs between $18 and  $20 to test a COVID-19 sample. This is for reagent alone. We have not put a cost to human resources and other costs.”

    Referring to his speech on  Monday, when he called on states with low or zero cases to get samples for  the NCDC to test, the NCDC DG said that he was only expressing concern about the danger of leaving cases behind without treating them

    FG seeks cartridges to use Genexpert  tuberculosis diagnosis machines for COVID-19 testing

    Also at the briefing, the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said that results of tests would begin to come out faster when the  Federal Government obtained cartridges to activate its  Genexpert machines.

    He said, “We shall make arrangements for those who are being tested to be in a holding area until confirmation. We shall be able to solve part of that problem when we get the support for activating Genexpert machines.

    “We have applied for support for cartridges that will allow us to use the machines for testing. The result is faster; about 45 minutes to one hour. So the person whose sample is being tested can wait for the result to come out before the necessary action is taken.”

    The minister, had earlier this month at a PTF press briefing on coronavirus, said the 300 Genexpert machines used for tuberculosis diagnosis would be converted to testing COVID-19.

    The health minister said that the Nigerian  Army had agreed to support isolation centres with security as the need arose.

    On the Chinese medical experts who had been in quarantine since arriving in Nigeria, Ehanire said that they were tested for COVID-19 and found to be negative.

    He also reiterated the need for health workers to be cautious when handling COVID-19 samples. He also warned them against carrying out COVID-19 treatment in secret.


    He said, “As for the case of the 40 health workers that were infected, we have always warned that health workers must use their personal protective equipment. If you are not trained in infection control, this COVID-19 is not for you.

    “It is really risky to underrate the infectiousness of this virus. It is not malaria or any viral illness that we know. Any other person who is doing treatment either privately or secretly is doing so at his own risk and at the risk of the public.”


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