By Zarumi Mashood
The Kwara State Government has said that the newly established COV-2 testing centre would soon commence full operation.
This was disclosed by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq and spokesperson of Technical Committee on COVID-19, Rafiu Ajakaye in a statement made available to newsmen in Ilorin on Wednesday.
Ajakaye said that further details about newly established COV-2 testing centre would be made public later.
He described lack of a testing centre in the state as a major setback in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic, adding that with the centre, Kwara now joins the few states with the capabilities to run tests for the virus and some other infectious diseases.
The major breakthrough, he noted, was made possible with the efforts of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq who has pulled all the strings and made the necessary investments to actualise the dream.
The government commended the NCDC for its support and the health workers in the State for their immeasurable sacrifices.
According to the spokesperson, disparities in the figure of positive cases were due to late or delayed declaration on the part of the NCDC which understandably deals with results from several states.
He explained that each state has direct access to test result from the laboratory. “So Kwara religiously reflects test results from samples it forwarded to the test centres outside of the state”.
According to the statement “it is also pertinent to state that disparity in figures occurs in cases of ‘repeat tests’. What is constant however is that neither the NCDC nor the state has any reason to under-declare or overstate anything.
“Citizens would notice a sudden leap in the figure of casualties attributed to COVID-19 pandemic in Kwara State. Until yesterday, Tuesday July 7th, casualties as reflected in our infographics were five.
“The unfortunate death of the Chief of Staff Aminu Adisa Logun ought to bring the tally to six. However, the state has just been notified of six deaths from the UITH whose post-mortem test confirmed them to be COVID patients.
“It is therefore imperative to reflect such for proper record keeping and public information. Steps have been taken to avoid such gaps in the future.
“Finally, the government restates the need for everyone to take personal responsibility in our efforts to contain this virus. COVID-19 is a present and clear danger.”