UK Govt Donates PCR Machine To Hasten COVID-19 Testing In Nigeria
The British Government says it has given a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Machine to Nigeria Government to accelerate testing for COVID-19 in the nation.
The British High Commission to Nigeria made this known in an announcement on Monday in Lagos.
The commission said that the machine was introduced to the Director-General, Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, and the Immunization Team Lead and ebb and flow Officer-in-Charge of WHO Nigeria, Dr Fiona Braka.
An authority of the commission, Karl Holmes, said in the explanation that the machine was acquired utilizing a portion of the 661,000 Pounds UK Aid subsidizing responsibility that the British Government made to the Nigeria part of WHO in 2020.
As indicated by Holmes, the PCR machine is the most precise research center strategy for identifying, following and considering the Coronavirus.
Holmes said that the machine would improve the NCDC’s COVID-19 testing abilities in Nigeria, and increment the country’s ability to do in any event 3,000 tests for each day.
The authority said that the UK Government and the Federal Government had been teaming up intently because of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria since January.
Holmes said that UK had additionally been working intimately with specialists across Nigeria, including the NCDC to help readiness, arranging and more extensive general wellbeing reaction endeavors to contain the spread of the infection.
The authority said that the UK’s reaction was lined up with the legislature of Nigeria’s endeavors at both the national and state levels.
As per the Holmes, UK has been supporting Nigerian specialists with specialized help, direct financing and by flexing existing wellbeing portfolio to help with Nigeria’s intending to battle the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The acquisition of this new PCR machine supplements the UK Government’s continuous money related and specialized help to Nigeria for the arrangement of analytic reagents.
“It likewise shows our help on Biosafety preparing and confirmations through our International Health Regulations (lHR) Strengthening Project drove by Public Health England.
“We trust this machine and other help will add to the more extensive endeavors to reinforce testing in Nigeria.
“These endeavors have been consistently growing in the course of the most recent couple of weeks and we invite this advancement. The UK stays focused on supporting this and different mainstays of the reaction,” Holmes said.
The announcement likewise cited the NCDC Director-General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, as saying that the instrument would empower the nation to test a great many individuals inside hardly any months.
“We are happy to get such enormous help and specialized counsel from our accomplices, including the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID).
“This new PCR Machine, which is a little piece of our greater testing methodology, will assist us with heading toward our objective of testing more than 2,000,000 individuals in the following three months,” Ihekweazu said.
He said the nation would now have the option to assume a much greater job in meeting its objective.
Ihekweazu said Nigeria would work with global partners to address the current pandemic as quickly as could be expected under the circumstances and guarantee wellbeing and success for Nigerians, particularly the helpless.