The minister said the re-agents and Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machine used in molecular biology to rapidly make millions to billions of copies of a specific DNA sample were purchased about eight days ago.
“The preparedness mostly at the airports which are the main points of entry into the country; Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, and Kano and also the fact that all passengers arriving Nigeria are screened by camera’s that take your temperature and looks at your travel history.
“Since about eight days ago, we obtained a re-agent necessary; we have the Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machines which we have for molecular diagnostics.”
“For coronavirus being a new disease was not very much available but we acquired it about eight days ago and now three laboratories in Nigeria can test coronavirus, in fact, they have tested two cases already which were negative; Lagos, Abuja and Irrua which is Nigeria’s centre of excellence for this viral haemorrhagic fever which is a category to which coronavirus and Lassa fever belongs to particularly.”
Mr. Ehanire stated that the case fatality rate has dropped to about 15 from 30 per cent.