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NIMR begins drive-through test


To bridge the testing gaps for the novel Coronavirus, the Nigerian Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), Yaba, Lagos has started a drive-through testing procedure.
Director General of NIMR, Prof. Babatunde Salako, told The Guardian: “The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has criteria for testing, so we are not testing everyone who wants the test, rather, we are testing only those who fall into the categories of case definition.

Yes, this may look like we are not testing enough, but we are targeting those who are at high risk of contracting the disease. Since our resources are limited, we must save for the raining day, hoping we will not get to that.
“NIMR is currently conducting a drive in and get tested for free, if you fit into the group that should be tested. All you need to do is to visit our website and book an appointment and you will be invited if we find you eligible for the test.

“About 100 people have shown up out of the 120 invited in the last three days. The appointment is time-based, so it is not crowded at all and samples are taken while you sit in your car. You are less likely to see the person in front of you or at the your back.

“This is being sponsored by Sterling Bank, UTL Trust and Daystar Christian Church, in collaboration with LifeBank, which is raising the funds on our behalf. We need more support from well meaning Nigerians and organisations.”

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