Fayemi set to launch molecular lab, raises half a billion naira for public health
By Paul Akindele
The Ekiti State Governor Dr Kayode Fayemi is set to launch a Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory is Ekiti State. Fayemi, sources told Irohinoodua has also used his goodwill to raise more than half a billion naira in rapid response to challenges raised by the Coronavirus pandemic.
From this week, Ekiti State wil also increase its COVID-19 testing capacity to 400 per day, making the state the highest average in capacity testing in Nigeria.
The laboratory which will be launched this week is said to be the best in Nigeria.
Experts describe the proposed launching this week as a significant intervention in public healthcare delivery system in the State.
“Dr Fayemi has been working silently but steadily in the past weeks to deal with COVID-19 in the broadway of public health protection in a revolutionary way. He has used his goodwill to raise funds from the private sector and individual friends of the state. The way he did it was unique. He got people to contribute to a social trust fund. There were people who contributed as little as 100 naira. His strategic is unique” a Professor of Medicine who is part of the project but does not wish to be named told Irohinoodua.
He said many government officials including the Governor’s aides and ordinary people in the state made contributions to the fund.
A molecular laboratory is responsible for the development and performance of molecular diagnostic tests for nucleic acid targets tests in genetics
hematopathology which covers
services and tests
The lab also does genetic analysis and DNA. It is believed that the lab will hasten state actors’ response to COVID-19 by providing detailed analysis of samples, prompt diagnosis and adequate medicare responses in waye never seen before in most parts of Nigeria.
A source close to police authorities in Abuja said that the lab will assist greatly in crime detection through the
Deoxyribonucleic acid testsi
Mrs Mojisola Yaya-Kolade, had said mid May that the state had raised funds from private the private sector. She spoke when members of the Covid-19 Taskforce gave an update on COVID-19
Irohinoodua was informed that the funds have increased in recent times.