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Anambra gets COVID-19 testing centre

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Anambra State has joined the list of states with COVID-19 testing centres.

The centre, a private diagnostic laboratory, Accunalysis laboratory, based in Nnewi, working in partnership with the state government began work last weekend, with a testing capacity of 100 samples per day.

The Managing Director of the centre, Dr Chidi Chijike Agbaka told Press in a private interview that with the approval of the centre, the state is ready to fight the coronavirus disease through massive testing.

He, in spite of that, debunked media reports that the centre was owned by Senator Ifeanyi Ubah and donated to the state for the fight against COVID-19.

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“Accunalysis is a private laboratory owned by a private individual, Chief Ifenna Calistus Okeke. It was established in 2019, but in January 2020, we decided to go into Molecular diagnostics.

“We looked ahead and positioned ourselves to help tackle the coronavirus when it first broke, and today I announce to you that we have been accredited by the National Centre for Disease Control, NCDC as one of the few private laboratories to run COVID-19 tests.

“We started over the weekend, and we recently signed an MoU (memorandum of understanding) with the Anambra State government. They provide the samples and we run the tests. We have a testing capacity of 100 samples per day.

“Contrary to reports in the media, we have no affiliation to any group or any politician. The CEO is a private individual, and an indigene of Uruagu, Nnewi.

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“We are not into politics and have no affiliation with any politician, and we are a business concern, established to help Anambra people to reduce medical tourism.

There have been claims in the media that the centre was built by Senator Ifeanyi Ubah and donated to the state to help fight COVID-19.

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