$400,000 wild polio diagnosis laboratory opens in UCH.

United States, US Government, in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization, today inaugurated a state-of-the-art polio modular laboratory at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, to improve the efficiency of polio diagnosis in Nigeria through reliable environmental sampling.

While examining the ultra-modern amenities with representatives of the Federal Government, U.S. Consul General, John Bray, observed that the new facility, which cost four hundred thousand dollars, exists alongside a World Health Organisation-accredited polio laboratory in Ibadan, the first in the country equipped to detect the wild polio virus from waste water.

Consul General Bray said the new facility would enhance Nigeria’s ability to respond to polio outbreaks quickly, by promptly diagnosing polio from samples received from forty-eight environmental sewage sites across the country.

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Published by: OJOBORUN TOSIN JOSEPH

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