Akwa Ibom Bans Private Labs from COVID-19 Tests

Akwa Ibom State government has banned private laboratories in the state from conducting COVID 19 tests using Rapid Test Kits.

Emmanuel Ekuwem, Secretary to the State Government disclosed the position of government in a chat with journalists in Uyo, the state capital.

 The Secretary to the State Government who doubles as Chairman of the State COVID 19 Incident Management Committee said only the Polymerase Chain Reaction, PCR-based kits test would be accepted in the state.

Ekuwem added that any private laboratory wishing to conduct COVID 19 tests would have to be authorized adding that churches in the state are mandated to set up their own intra- church COVID 19 monitoring committee in each parish or assembly, to enforce the adherence to all COVID 19 health protocols.

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