Akwa Ibom State Government says the only approved Standard for COVID-19 testing in the state is the PCR test.
Secretary to the State Government and Chairman, State COVID-19 Management Team, Doctor Emmanuel Ekuwem, who disclosed this during a press briefing on the COVID-19 Situation in the state, said the position of the state government was made pursuant to NCDC guidelines and the global best practice.
According to him, it became imperative for the state government to define her position on the standard and quality of test acceptable in line with emerging realities in COVID-19 detection and management, stressing that any attempt to use serological testing in the determination of a person’s COVID-19 status was not acceptable in the state as defaulters will be sanctioned.
Doctor Ekuwem called on health facilities and Private laboratories seeking to undertake COVID-19 test to first obtain clearance and certification from the NCDC and must be registered with the state government.
He warned that any organization using or procuring the use of any other testing method for COVID-19, will be shut down by the state government for constituting a public health threat to the people of the state.
Written By Jane Uwa
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