BUK’s 180 testing capacity COVID-19 lab commences operation
By our correspondent
Bayero University’s newly established centre for testing suspicious cases of covid-19 has the capacity to test 180 samples per day which is four times that of the first testing centre in Kano.
The Test Centre commenced operation on Friday, 1st May, 2020 when the Vice Chancellor, Professor Muhammad Yahuza Bello commissioned it.
Present at the event were officials of NCDC, Directors of Centre for Infectious Diseases Research (CIDR), Centre for Biotechnology Research (CBR), Laboratory Management, Provost College of Health Science, staff of the University and the media.
The Vice Chancellor, Professor Bello said testing is central in fighting the covid-19 and with the huge population of Kano, there was only one centre at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital.
This, according to him was what informed University’s decision to mobilize its resources from other centres to assemble them at the CIDR by a team of experts to complement the other testing centre in order to vigorously fight the dreaded disease in Kano.
“The advantage of our centre is that it runs 90 samples per shift and we intend to do two shifts. This means a total of 180 tests can be done in one day,” said the Vice Chancellor.
According to the Vice Chancellor, Bayero University had made procured 1500 testing kits, urging the NCDC and other stakeholders to come to the aid of the University because if 180 tests will be carried a day, the kits would soon finish.
Yahuza said: There are a number of stages in the testing process such as collecting samples, analyzing and extracting them and all these processes require consumables. These consumables are very expensive,” he added.
Prof Bello also cautioned some people who have been agitating to come and be tested when they heard that Bayero University had established a centre.
He said there are certain protocols that must be followed before the testing is carried out, as the Kano Task Team and NCDC are the ones concerned as BUK only established the centre to complement their efforts in the fight against the covid-19.
The Vice Chancellor, however, appreciated the effort of the NCDC in certifying the BUK Testing Centre, saying that all the modifications to improve safety measures to protect the actors were strictly followed.