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COVID-19: Lagos, Abuja Battle Shortage Of Reagents And Test Kits


The Lagos State Government on Tuesday disclosed the state was facing a shortage of reagents for COVID-19 tests.

The state Commissioner for Information, Mr Gbenga Omotosho revealed this in an interview with The PUNCH.

Omotosho during the interview  said the state only received personal protective equipment and other materials donated by a Chinese billionaire, Jack Ma

He said,

“The state got things from Jack Ma, but not test kits. The PPE and some other materials, not test kits.

“The governor said that the shortage of reagents is a global problem, it is not a Lagos problem. The kind of tests we are conducting in Lagos and in Nigeria is called molecular testing, which experts say is 99.9 per cent correct. The people selling the reagents are now doing as if it is gold. Lagos is looking for ways of working directly with suppliers outside the country.

“The truth is that Lagos is battling with shortage of reagents, but we will keep on collecting samples.”

The governors had on Monday said 3,000 samples were waiting to be tested in Lagos.

In the same vein, the FCT Administration also said that it was facing a shortage of test kits for COVID-19.

According to the NCDC, Abuja has 254 active cases of coronavirus, 40 discharged and three deaths.

The Special Assistant (Media) to the FCT minister, Abubakar Sani, explained on Tuesday that “The FCT is facing the global challenge of a shortage of test kits.”

He added,

” The more kits we get, the more FCTA will perform tests to identify those infected and isolate them.”

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