By Ewa Innocent, The Sight News
Abakaliki: The virology centre in Abakaliki, now upgraded by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control(NCDC) to also serve as a laboratory test centre for coronavirus, has started a test run.
Governor David Umahi disclosed this on Monday during an interview with newsmen, at Pa Ngele Oruta township Stadium, Abakaliki—the temporary site for isolated persons.
The governor who expressed displeasure over the attitude of some people who he said compromise state government directives on entering and exit to prevent the spread of coronavirus to the state, blamed the shortfall on security agencies, or people who do not exhibit honesty in their assigned duties.
“It is very tough, the cooperation is not totally there, and I don’t know why? The truth is that whether security agencies or some of our people do not really appreciate the degree of these problems. If they do, they will stop the little compromises.
“But as soon as other states have their borders closed down, I think it will become easier for us.
“The virology centre is doing mock testing now. Tomorrow, the real testing will commence”, he assured.
Umahi who had earlier visited Abakaliki/Enugu boundary to assess the level of compliance, where he saw many vehicles and passengers numbering over one hundred, coming to Abakaliki and going out and arrested by the state Anti coronavirus Committee Task Force, later ordered the release of some vehicles and passengers, having undergone screening and tests.
He later inspected the permanent Isolation centre at Unity square, Abakaliki, where work is at 95 percent completion, and the Federal virology centre, with the cheering news that it is set to commence operation.
Meanwhile, Umahi had at the temporary site of isolated persons, ordered the release of over 37 persons earlier arrested for violating government directive on border closure.
They were released after the medical team had subjected them to proper screaming and test.