COVID-19: Ogun begins second round of community-based testing

The Ogun State Government has commenced the second round of community based testing for COVID-19 across the 20 local government areas in the state.

This was disclosed by the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker, in Abeokuta, the State capital.

She noted that the test is free of charge, urging residents to visit the specified primary healthcare centre in their council areas between the hours of 8.00 am to 3.00 pm for sample collection.

She stated that government had trained health personnel specifically for the purpose and that the exercise would last till end of the year.

She said once samples have been collected, the health personnel would transfer them to the designated labs within the state for testing, adding that this method will not only lead to increased testing but also help reveal the true burden of the disease in the state vis-à-vis positivity rate.

The commissioner advised residents to present themselves for the exercise without nursing any form of fear or misgivings.

She said the decision to domesticate COVID-19 testing in the local government areas was founded on the national recommendation of community-based testing as a means to improving early case detection and treatment of both symptomatic and asymptomatic cases.

Coker submitted that evidence had shown that, increased testing, including those done within communities, will improve case detection, ascertain the true status of infectivity and thus help in limiting the spread of the infection, particularly through the unrecognised local transmission.

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