The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has activated three laboratories to test disease outbreak samples.
The NCDC Director-General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, said on Tuesday in Abuja that the laboratories would provide primary testing for yellow fever, measles and rubella diseases.
Speaking at a media tour of the NCDC National Reference Laboratory in Gaduwa, Ihekweazu revealed that the three new laboratories are at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), and the NCDC National Reference Laboratory, Abuja.
“The teaching hospitals where these laboratories are located will provide leadership, staff, power and water supply as well as other resources they will require to function,” he said.
The official said that the NCDC had the mandate to lead the coordination of public health laboratories by ensuring standardisation of testing methods, quality assurance, supply chain management as well as supporting preventive and corrective maintenance.
The NCDC boss said that the National Reference Laboratory was working toward full accreditation to serve as a reference laboratory for yellow fever.
He said, “Three years ago, this place was just an empty building, but today, a lot has been put in place and we hope to replicate this capacity across the country.
“We are committed to strengthening our engagement with the media and using their platforms to communicate better with Nigerians.”