Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed Monday commissioned the State’s Reference Molecular Laboratory, set up with N85 million naira to upgrade its services.
Speaking during the commissioning, Governor Mohammed, said the funds would be used to carry out laboratory tests on Yellow Fever, Lassa, Hemorrhagic Fevers among other diseases.
Mohammed also lamented that the state government was paying more than N15 million every two weeks for contact tracing and surveillance, case management, risk communication, infection prevention and coordination.
He said with the certification of the Molecular laboratory by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control(NCDC), will significantly reduce the waiting time for result thereby improving efficiency.
” I emphasize that, this Molecular laboratory is one of our cardinal strategies in combating the spread of COVID-19 and Lassa fever outbreaks in the state.
” This laboratory was established under a joint partnership with the Bauchi State Government, the North-East Development Commission and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. Bauchi State Government provided funding for the construction of the building and procurement of furniture and power supply,” he said.
Governor Mohammed assured that his administration would remain committed towards the provision of qualitative healthcare services to the citizens of the state through construction and renovation of health facilities across the state.
He assured that his administration would also prioritise the welfare of frontline health workers in the state so as to to tackle the challenges facing the sector and ensure effective service delivery.
” Today, I am happy to inform you that our strategies in the fight against COVID-19 is yielding positive results. I must specifically commend the Managing Director of the North East Development Commission for showing empathy with Bauchi State by leading his full weight and support to this initiative, this is the spirit of the Northeast.
The Governor expressed gratitude to the Commission for its palliative support to the state government in addition to the equipment provided for the smooth operation of the laboratory.
He further called on the Federal Government to consider Bauchi in the proposed centres of excellence in medicine as significant number of people in states are challenged by severe security problems in the Northeast.
On his part, the Managing Director of the North East Development Commission, Mohammed Alkali reaffirmed the readiness of the commission to support not only Bauchi state, but states of the region to tackle the spread of COVID-19 and other challenges that required support.
He called for more assistance to support the state government at this critical period of coronovirus pandemic.
Alkali assured that Bauchi state will continue to benefit from the commission’s robust plans through the training of the youths in ICT and other empowerment initiatives.
Representatives of World Health Organisation, UNICEF and other Development partners who spoke at the commissioning ceremony described the laboratory as one of the best in the country and pledged their support for the sustenance of the centre.