The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced that all the 36 states and the federal capital territory (FCT) now have COVID-19 testing laboratories.
This is as efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic are ongoing.
According to the NCDC, Niger state which was the only state left out initially, joined the list on Wednessday following the procurement of a fully established laboratory.
The NCDC made the development known via its Twitter handle.
We are pleased to announce the inclusion of the Niger State Public Health Laboratory, Minna to the NCDC Molecular Laboratory Network.
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) October 7, 2020
Since February, when Nigeria had it index case, the country moved from zero laboratory to 71 laboratories within six months.
As of September, 35 states and the FCT had been added to the NCDC molecular laboratory network.
With Niger state which joined yesterday, all states across the country now have at least one laboratory for testing for COVID-19.
“We are pleased to announce the inclusion of the Niger State Public Health Laboratory, Minna to the NCDC Molecular Laboratory Network,” the tweet read.
“In 8 months, we have activated at least one laboratory for #COVID19 testing in all 36 +1 states of Nigeria.”