COVID-19: Edo govt cedes PCR machine to Delta

COVID-19: Edo govt cedes PCR machine to Delta

The Edo State Government has ceded one of its four Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machines to Delta State Government to boost the latter’s capacity to test for coronavirus.

PCR machines, usually sited in laboratories with high biosafety clearance, are used by molecular biologists to amply portions of the DNA or genes to an extent that makes it possible to study the sample and test for viruses, among others. The machine is being used to test for coronavirus.

It was gathered that the Governor Obaseki-led government started sourcing for PCR machines in the early days of the outbreak, which eventually resulted in the state procuring 3 machines to add to the one already existing at the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH).

However, after observing that the state had enough of the machines, Governor Obaseki decided to cede a PCR machine to its sister state, Delta, so as to provide the state the needed capacity to test for coronavirus.

Even after ceding the PCR machine to Delta State, Edo State has a total of 4 active PCR machines, as a private medical centre has also procured one of the machines. Hence, in Edo State, government operates 3 PCR machines, while a private hospital has one.

The gesture, along with other novel moves by the Edo State Government, signposts the smart decisions that have characterised the Obaseki-led administration in Edo State in the last three years.

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