By Musa Sunusi Ahmad

The National Centre for Disease Control, NCDC has approved the
commencement of formal testing and reporting of Coronavirus at the
Bauchi Reference Molecular Laboratory yesterday.

NCDC said the approval came after it has received the Laboratory
Reference number and other necessary guide for operations and
documentation.

Dr. Aliyu Maigoro, the State Commissioner of Health, in a statement
said the molecular laboratory will start operations with immediate
effect.

“I wish to inform this committee that from Tuesday, 2nd June 2020 we
are going to do all our testing and reporting from the Reference
Laboratory here in Bauchi”.

The commissioner said the State Ministry of Health would not delay the
commencement of work at the laboratory since NCDC had approved it
authenticity to commence operations.

He said NCDC has listed the reference laboratory as the 29th in the country.

“Henceforth, no sample should be taken to Jos, Plateau State until
otherwise stated. “The laboratory has come to stay. As such we must
work as a team for the benefit of mankind and the good people of
Bauchi State”, Maigoro added.

He said he had forwarded a request for payment of weekly allowances of
all workers related to the laboratory from the Professors down to the
Security Men to the Chairman of Covid-19 in the state.

“Meanwhile, we will continue solving minor problems as well as proper
maintenance of the Lab. “All other minor paper works would follow
alone the formal way”, he declared.

Elanza News recalls that NCDC had connected the Bauchi molecular
reference laboratory to its network and gave it the go-ahead to do
COVID-19 sample test at the weekend.

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