Why Covid-19 Testing center suspended in Kano State - Health Minister

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despite the rise of covid-19 confirm case in Kano State, Mallam Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, the testing center was shutdown by the government as a result of shortage of testing kits.

Kano state who confirm it first case of covid-19 this month now have 73 confirmed case as at three days ago.

The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, confirming the development to newsmen on Wednesday evening, he said that the center was close down because some staff working in the testing lab, were tested positive to covid-19.

Mr Ehanire while speaking at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task force also admit that the centre also ran short of some testing kits.

Which, he said, necessitated the temporary shutdown for decontamination.

“As of the testing in Kano, there was a report that they have reduced availability of reagents and we supplied that.

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“But in addition to that, there was a temporary halt in activity because some of the workers in the laboratory got infected, and laboratory had to be shut down for decontamination. That was just temporary,” he said.

He, however, said the federal government has supplied the laboratory with additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and reagents.

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“With regards to supply of reagents, they have been replenished. They have PPE, they have reagents now, they are working,” Mr Ehanire said.

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