Lagos battles shortage of reagents, FCT demands more test kits

Lagos battles shortage of reagents, FCT demands more test kits

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday said it was facing a shortage of reagents for COVID-19 test kits.

The state Commissioner for Information, Mr Gbenga Omotosho, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen; as the Federal Capital Territory disclosed that it was battling a shortage of test kits.

Omotosho said the state only received personal protective equipment; and other materials a Chinese billionaire, Jack Ma donated.

He said, “The state got things from Jack Ma; but not test kits. The PPE and some other materials; not test kits.

 

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“The governor said that the shortage of reagents is a global problem; it is not a Lagos problem. The kind of tests we are conducting in Lagos and in Nigeria is called molecular testing; which experts say is 99.9 per cent correct. The people selling the reagents are now doing as if it is gold. Lagos is looking for ways of working directly with suppliers outside the country.

“The truth is that Lagos is battling with shortage of reagents; but we will keep on collecting samples.”

The governors had on Monday said 3,000 samples were waiting to be tested in Lagos.

FCT faces shortage of test kits

In the same vein, the FCT Administration said that it was facing a shortage of test kits for COVID-19.

According to the NCDC, Abuja has 254 persons on admission; 40 discharged as well as three deaths.

The Special Assistant (Media) to the FCT minister, Abubakar Sani, explained on Tuesday that; “The FCT is facing the global challenge of a shortage of test kits.”

 

COVID-19 kits

 

He also added,” The more kits we get, the more FCTA will perform tests; to identify those infected and isolate them.”

 

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Gombe, Bauchi infected patients protest

In another development, Coronavirus patients at the isolation centre in Kwadon, Gombe State on Tuesday; protested what they referred to as their abandonment by the state government.

1st News observed that the protesters who blocked the federal road leading to the Dadinkowa-Biu Expressway; demanded the transfer of a  female patient in the centre because of the odour from her wound.

 

COVID-19 Gombe State kits

 

The patients protested against government’s negligence; inadequate food; and medical attention in the isolation centre.

Confirming the incident the Commissioner for Information and spokesperson of the state task force, Alhassan Ibrahim; said the task force would make life bearable for the patients.

He said, “It is really unfortunate that there was disquiet at the Kwadon isolation centre; which the patients there caused. They predicated their grievances on three premises; one that they were not given drugs, or medication. It will interest all of us to know that all of them there are asymptomatic; meaning they don’t have symptoms.

 

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“The second is that they were isolated at the centre and their families are not taken care of; and I think they are going too far and thirdly that there is an inmate with an ailment; that they are not comfortable sharing a bathroom with. The premises that their protest is predicated on are not really too reasonable.”

There was a similar protest in Bauchi State, where patients in some isolation centres; complained that the government starved them.

The state government, which confirmed the development, said it was not deliberate. It also said appropriate actions had been taken.

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Olanike Akinrimisi

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