The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has commissioned a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) laboratory at the Karu General Hospital, Abuja.
Commissioning the laboratory on Wednesday, the Acting Secretary, Health and Human Services Secretariat, Alhaji Abdulraheem Musa, who was represented by the director of the health planning and research services, Dr. Mohammed Kawu, said the lab will be useful in the accurate diagnosis of viral diseases.
He said the facility is established through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) with a Chinese firm SKG, stressing that the secretariat was passionate about PPP as a means of providing facilities that the FCTA cannot readily procure for use in public hospitals. He however, assured that services in the PCR laboratory will be offered at low cost.
Also speaking, the Acting General Manager of Hospitals’ Management Board, Dr. Francis Alu, said it was the only high tech molecular lab in a public secondary health facility in the FCT, assuring that more of such would be provided across the FCt soon. He said the laboratory would in the future be used for genetic studies and to carry out investigations that will settle paternity disputes.
The Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Osamuede Ojo, said the laboratory would help in analysing the viral load of HIV patients and also those of Hepatitis B and C, stressing that the FCT was in the forefront of managing viral diseases.
The SGK PCR vendor, Mr. Miachel Chow, said the PPP was such that after deflating the N10 million cost of the machine through purchase of the reagents for the tests, the hospital can own it.