The Ogun State Government has commenced its community-based Covid-19 Testing across the 20 LGAs of the State in order to increase test rate in the State.
It would be recalled that the first round of the community sampling was carried out in April at the peak of the pandemic in the state across all local government areas.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, in a release said the decision to domesticate Covid-19 testing in the 20 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the State was founded on the national recommendation of community-based testing as a means of ascertaining the prevalence, improving early case detection and treatment of both symptomatic and asymptomatic cases.
She disclosed that the exercise which is free of charge will commence on Thursday, October 8, 2020 with mobile testing in 5 major markets in each LGA before stationing it at designated Primary Helthcare Centre (PHC) in each LGA.She also added that ward/community leaders have been engaged to solicit their support and ensure they assist in mobilizing their communities for the testing.
“Evidence has shown that, increased testing, including those done within communities will improve case detection, ascertain the true status of infectivity and thus help in limiting spread of the infection, particularly through unrecognized local transmission. This is a lesson we have learned from countries such as South Korea, ”
“In our country, increased testing has helped achieved the success we have attained thus far. However, we need to intensify on the efforts to multiply the gains and have better understanding of the pattern of the virus in Nigeria,” she said.
Coker further revealed that sample collection will be carried out in a specified PHC in each LGA, saying health personnel in the PHCs have been trained specifically for this purpose.
Once samples have been collected, the health personnel would transfer them to the designated testing laboratories within the State. This initiative 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.
Sampling will be done Monday to Friday between the hours of 8am and 3pm over the next 3 months simultaneously in each LGA. The Commissioner urged residents to join the effort of curbing the spread of the virus by presenting themselves for the exercise.