The Delta State Government has issued certificates to six laboratory scientists recently trained as part of measures to scale up the State’s COVID- 19 testing capacity.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Mordi Ononye during the presentation of certificates of participation, said the trainees are expected to the provide the needed personnel to man the second molecular testing laboratory in Warri.
Dr Ononye disclosed that Lab Scientists were drawn from Government hospitals located around the Warri axis of the state.
He said the training was done by a Team from Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Edo State led by Mrs Yemisi Ighodalo, in collaboration with the Bernhard Nocht Institute of Tropical Medicine, Hamburg, Germany.
According to the Health Commissioner, the training became necessary as a result of the establishment of another COVID-19 testing laboratory in Warri and the need to provide the needed personnel to run the new laboratory.
He said the State Government in collaboration with NNPC/Chevron Joint Ventures, established a second COVID-19 testing laboratory at the Central Hospital, Warri to address the absence of adequate testing capacity in the State.
Dr Ononye enjoined the newly trained Laboratory Scientists to put into use the knowledge acquired to help government achieve more COVID-19 tests with the view to containing the spread of the disease in the State.
Speaking earlier, Mr Nathaniel Enamuotor, Laboratory Head, Emergency Operation Committee for COVID-19 said the six participants were part of the first phase of the two weeks training, adding that there would be another two weeks of hands-on-training at the Central Hospital Warri.
He said an official from the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Edo State would be sent to supervise the Warri Centre until they the officers incharge are able to operate on their own.
Correspondent Nkem Nwaeke reports that the presentation ceremony was witnessed by top officials of the State Ministry of Health.

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