COVID-19: BUK molecular laboratory to begin operation May 1

The Bayero University Kano (BUK), says has concluded arrangements for the newly established coronavirus (COVID-19) Molecular Laboratory operation on Friday, May 1.Prof. Isa Abubakar, the Director, Centre for Infectious Diseases and Research of the university, made the disclosure in an interview in Kano. 

Abubakar disclosed that the centre had begun running preparatory the commencement of full clinical operation on Friday.

He said that the idea set up the centre came up even before the reported index case of the disease in the state, adding that the project could not be completed due some constraints.

The director added that the centre was designed with 180 daily samples capacity, noting that the operational capacity of the centre was three  folds higher the than state’s  owned coronavirus diagnostic centres.

“Adequate measures been put in place to handle large number of samples.

“Installation of equipment needed to handle samples of COVID-19 98 per cent completed as at Monday, while running of installed equipment commences Tuesday, to ensure all in perfect condition before Friday,” he said.

Abubakar explained that scientists from within and outside the university community agreed to work in helping the country and work on a new diagnostic method to the disease. 

He noted that the centre when fully functional would also embark on study for of a vaccine as well as enhance awareness creation of the people through research findings. 

According to him, the university has the man power and necessary resources to venture into the of a vaccine for the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that will come very soon.

“The Vice Chancellor, Prof Yahuza Bello, approved a huge sum of N50 million to set up the modern laboratory, with all needed equipment.

also agreed that the centre will be the headquarters where samples from Kano State and neighbouring states will be handled,” the director said.

BUK COVID-19 laboratory was designed to complement the test centre in the state run by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital.

The NCDC centre has been shut down in the past one week in spite of the increasing number of coronavirus infections recorded in the state.

Kano State has recorded 77 confirmed cases and three COVID-19 deaths as at April 27. (NAN)