Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule has said the State’s new infectious disease diagnostic centre will soon be commissioned.
The Governor stated this when he inspected the facility this evening (Friday, July 7, 2020) in company of his deputy, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe and the Secretary to the Nasarawa State Government Barrister Muhammed Ubandoma.
According to the Governor, when completed and equipped, the activities of the centre will not only be restricted to COVID19.
He said: “The number one service is that as you know it will be a centre for research as well as all other infectious diseases. It is not going to be restricted to only COVID19. It extends to so many other diseases such as Ebola as you can mention. It extends to malaria, Lassa and so many other diseases that you can think of.
“It will not just be a treatment centre, it is a research centre as well. Being a research centre, it is also likely going to come up with ideas and reports that will assist our existing hospitals.”
Governor Sule said although the State Government will not be able to fully equip the facility within the desired time frame, it is expecting support from partners such as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, the Presidential Taskforce on COVID19 and others.
He said the State Government has been able to complete the structure as well as the landscaping and the facility was going to be commissioned as soon as it is sufficiently equipped.
Recall that the Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu was in Lafia the Nasarawa State capital on Wednesday (July 8, 2020) to inspect facilities at the Nasarawa State Infectious Disease Control Centre.