The Federal Government has said that the new first Polio Modular Laboratory will assist in tracking polio cases in the country.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, who stated this on Monday at the University College Hospital in Ibadan, Oyo State during the inauguration of the Polio Modular laboratory said the facility is an excellent polio surveillance system in Nigeria, which would ensure a polio-free society.
According to him, the fight against Polio is not over because Nigeria is yet to be completly free from polio virus cases.
He said the country had just discovered new cases of polio virus, in some parts of Borno State.
He said, “Before now, it was quite a sad situation in Borno, as the residents had no access to medical care in the last five years, so it is not a surprise because they were never immunised against polio virus.
While the FG admits that the discovery is a setback to Nigeria in the fight against polio, the Minister said “it is also a wake-up call to us as a nation because, the military exercise there has given us access to the areas.”
Commending initiative of World Health Organisation-approved laboratory, Adewole explained that the facility was donated by United States government through its agency; the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
He said there were only two polio laboratories in Nigeria, noting that addition of the new facility, would facilitate accurate sample testing at prices which would be cost effective.
Adewole noted that the polio laboratory was timely because it would help Federal Government to tackle menace of the disease.
Adewole informed that activities for sample testing will be faster, more accurate and cost effective as the modular laboratory comes with robust flexibility in terms of location and relocation.
He said, “With the support from the US Government through the USAID and the technical support from the WHO, the laboratory is now upgraded to a modular form which is a first of its kind in our country.
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