The Federal Government lead by President Mohammadu Buhari on Wednesday said it has configured the reagent machine located at the Ebonyi State virology centre to be fit for testing of coronavirus suspected patients within and outside south east geopolitical zone.
The Medical Director of Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital, AE-FETHA, Dr. Emeka Ogah who spoke to newsmen in Abakaliki on the activities done by the federal government to curtail the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, said the centre is ready for use.
He commended the federal government for the provision of an active laboratory at the Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital, which according to him, can now make easy the testing of suspected individuals with the dreaded Coronavirus in the State.
Ogah noted further that the Laboratory has the capacity of testing lassa fever and that of COVID-19 patients, and would serve the people within the south east region.
He applauded Ebonyi State Government for establishing and equipping the Virology Centre which was made active through the assistance of the federal government.
Ogah explained that the availability of the Laboratory would reduce anxiety among people of the State, stressing that reagents were configured to fit into the screening machines at the Centre.
“We are being challenged by coronavirus pandemic. We are not permitted to talk about the result of the pandemic. We thank both federal and state for their contributions.”
“We are happy to announce that the Federal Government has set up a laboratory for the testing of the virus. It will reduce anxiety while covering the zone. Isolations and treatment centres are in the state. We have 6 holding areas within the 3 zones.
“All these will help in tackling of the pandemic. The hospital management has provided handsanitizers and enlightenment for patients. So far no case has been confirmed in the state” he stated.