As parts of the effort to cushion the effect of novel Coronavirus pandemic the Aliko Dangote Foundation, ADF, has contracted 54Gene, a molecular diagnostics company specialized in research and diagnostics to immediately set up a 400 test per day capacity laboratory in Kano State.
54Gene is accredited by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, and has already set up labs in Lagos and in the Ogun States. The lab, which was inaugurated on May 3, in Kano, will start with a testing capacity of 400 tests a day, increasing to 1,000 tests a day by May 10. The lab will be set up at Muhammadu Buhari Hospital in Kano, where an isolation center is currently operational.
The President/Chief Executive of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote said the foundation is directly supporting the Nigerian government’s COVID-19 containment efforts in Kano State. According to Dangote, this new investment in support of increasing nation-wide testing comes in addition to ADF’s support through the Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID).
He, however, pledged the Foundation’s commitment to reduce the number of lives lost to diseases, such as COVID-19, Ebola, and other deadly viruses in the State. Speaking on the efforts of the Foundation to assist the Federal Government in curtailing the spread of COVID-19, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of ADF, Zouera Youssoufou, added that ADF is also supporting the Rapid Response Teams in their work to identify suspected COVID-19 cases across the healthcare centers in Kano.