Kaduna State Governor, Nasiru El-Rufai has commissioned a Mobile Laboratory Truck that will be used to test Covid-19 and other infectious diseases in the state.
During the commissioning in Kaduna, the Governor said the vehicle is equipped with a machine that can be used to test for a variety of infectious diseases which were originally brought to the country as donation by USAID for tuberculosis.
He explained that with the outbreak of Covid-19, approval was granted to use the mobile truck to test for Coronavirus infection.
“The mobile vehicle has been in the state for a while now. It was taken to communities where there were no contact traced for Covid-19 infection and the result have been a bit scary.
“There is a 16% rate of infections in the communities that have been tested. These high risk communities borders with neighboring states that have large outbreaks of the pandemic”, he said.
Governor El-Rufai said the testing has helped a lot because for the first time, government is getting a sense for the geography and the demography of the spread of the pandemic outside of the contact that the state already has.
He advised residents to adhere to the preventive measures as young people can have the disease without symptoms and also survive it but can transmit it to their parents and older people which might lead to sickness or death.
The Coordinator, Wellness On Wheels, WOW, Doctor Mustapha Tukur said the mobile laboratory truck has two components comprising the X-ray and Covid-19 testing units.
He explained that, the X-ray unit performs pathology test to determine tuberculosis and other lung related diseases while the other unit performs Covid-19 test.
“It’s a collaborative effort, as we conduct these tests; Kaduna State Ministry of Health also performs other major test of different ailments”, he said.
Tukur disclosed that the mobile truck has the ability to test about 64 persons daily and results issued after 15 minutes.
“Within six days of commencing the test in Kaduna North, South and Kawo communities, 297 persons have been tested and 36 people were positive from Covid-19. 16 of them were male while 20 were women”, he added.
There are just two of such mobile laboratory trucks in the country; one is in the South and the North, which happens to be in Kaduna.