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The Corona Virus (COVID-19) testing center established at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria is now ready for operations according to the ABU public affairs Directorate.

The Centre, which was certified fit to analyze samples of suspected patients of Corona Virus by the National Centre for Diseases Control (NCDC) in Zaria today (Saturday 25th April 2020) is domiciled at the African Centre of Excellence for Neglected Tropical Diseases And Forensic Bio-Technology (ACENTDFB), Ahmadu Bello University.

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The Ag Vice-Chancellor Prof. Danladi Amodu Ameh was in attendance at the center along with other principal officers of the University when Dr. Ndodo Nnaemeka, Chief Molecular BioEngineering, National Reference Centre, National Centre for Diseases Control (NCDC), declared that the COVID – 19 Testing Centre is ready.

The addition of the new lab at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria to the molecular laboratory network for COVID19 as well as that of Usman Danfodio University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto has brought the number of labs with capacity to test for COVID19 in Nigeria to fifteen (15).

Meanwhile, the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has commended the new Abu COVID-19 testing centre. Dr. Emeka Ndondo, Chief Molecular Bio-Engineer of the NCDC’s National Reference Laboratory, made the commendation during the final evaluation of the facility on Saturday in Zaria.

He noted that the new centre has excellent facilities for the testing of COVID-19 samples; adding “I see a huge facility available which can be deployed for detection of COVID-19 and even beyond.

He also emphasized on the need for more facilities at the centre for the protection of environment and people working in the Centre.

He, therefore, reiterates the commitments of the NCDC to support the new ABU COVID-19 testing centre, adding that the centre has everything needed as far as COVID-19 Sample testing was concern.

In his remarks, the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University, Prof. Danladi Amodu Ameh said the University would strengthen its partnership and collaboration to enhance the centre.

The acting vice-chancellor expressed his appreciation to the Director General, Nigeria Centre For Disease Control, for his interest in the Centre to be considered as one of COVID-19 sample testing centre.

Also speaking, the Director Research and Innovation, ABU Zaria, Professor Sani Ibrahim said, the university identified and rectified earlier observations by the NCDC so that the centre would commence work immediately.

Ibrahim, who is also a Professor of Biochemistry, said the university was working with Kaduna State Government and Ahmadu University Teaching Hospital to ensure that COVID-19 testing was made cheaper and faster.

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