Private Labs To Commence COVID-19 Testing – NCDC

He said the guidelines for private laboratories to join in running COVID-19 test would be published on NCDC Website on Monday night and that those that want to participate would know what to do.

The NCDC DG, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, is an Infectious Disease Epidemiologist and Consultant in Public Health Medicine / Photo credit: guardian.ng
The NCDC DG, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, is an Infectious Disease Epidemiologist and Consultant in Public Health Medicine / Photo credit: guardian.ng

The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, on Monday said that the agency was working to integrate private sector laboratories for testing of COVID-19.

Speaking at the Presidential Task Force briefing on Monday, Ihekweazu said the NCDC was reviewing its activities to improve the fight against COVID-19.

He said one of the ways to improve fight against COVID-19 was to integrate private laboratories into testing and that the NCDC had developed a guideline for integration of private labs into testing for COVID-19.

Ihekweazu said, “One way to improve it is our new guidelines for integrating private sector labs into testing, into laboratory architecture.

He said the guidelines for private laboratories to join in running COVID-19 test would be published on NCDC Website on Monday night and that those that want to participate would know what to do.

“So we have come up with a guideline. Any private sector lab that wants to join in COVID-19 testing can go pick up this guideline that we are going to publish on our website tonight, look through it, define what they need to do to join the network and we will support them”, Ihekweazu said.

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