To test for suspected cases of the Novel Coronavirus in Nigeria, the federal government has acquired necessary reagents.
This was announced by the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, at the briefing after Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the State House.
According to him, the reagents were acquired about eight days ago.
He stated that three laboratories have been set up across the country to test suspected patients for the disease.
He said the designated laboratories have been set up in Lagos, Abuja and Irrua in Edo state to handle such tests.
Meanwhile, Nigeria has reported the first case of the Chinese deadly coronavirus disease.
Ehanire, had reported that two suspected cases of Coronavirus have tested negative after diagnosis in the country.
Ehanire, who confirmed the development, while declaring the Kano State Primary Health Summit opens at Government House, declared that the country was fortified with three well-equipped centers to diagnose the deadly disease and other viral infections.
He stressed that the Federal Government has put adequate mechanisms in place at all entry points in the country to screen all incoming passengers to ascertain their health status.
The minister added that efforts are being made to prevent possible carriers of the Coronavirus disease from entering the country.