The Bayero University Kano (BUK), says it has concluded arrangements for the newly established coronavirus (COVID-19) Molecular Laboratory to begin 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 on Tuesday in Kano.
The director added that the centre was designed with 180 daily samples test capacity, noting that the operational capacity of the centre was three folds higher the than state’s owned coronavirus diagnostic centres.
“Adequate measures have been put in place to handle large number of samples.
“Installation of equipment needed to handle samples of COVID-19 is 98 per cent completed as at Monday, while test running of installed equipment commences Tuesday, to ensure all is in perfect condition before Friday,” he said.
Abubakar explained that scientists from within and outside the university community agreed to work together 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 development of a vaccine as well as enhance awareness creation of the people through research findings.
“The Vice Chancellor, Prof Yahuza Bello, approved a huge sum of N50 million to set up the modern laboratory, with all needed equipment.
BUK COVID-19 laboratory was designed to complement the only 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)