The Korean government through its aid agency, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in Nigeria, has donated to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), three Smart Walk-through booth systems for COVID-19 test sample collection to further enhance national and sub-national efforts in the fight against the pandemic.
The Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, Maj. Gen. Lee In-tae (rtd) represented by the KOICA country director, Woochan Chang, in his remark informed that the booths are expected to provide medical personnel with effective protection during test sample collection, support mass screening for COVID-19 in a timely and efficient manner, and reduce the usage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) during test sample collection.
He listed some key features of the booths to include; High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter, High Efficiency Bi-directional Fan Module, air conditioning and heating systems to make the environment conducive for medical personnel to collect test sample, Intercom system and LED control panel.
He explainexd that this is done in collaboration with the NCDC, and are expected to be deployed to the National Reference Laboratory in Abuja and the central public health laboratory as well as the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research in Lagos.
He informed that 15 staff members of the NCDC had earlier benefited from the virtual KOICA Fellowship Training Program (CIAT) on Capacity Building of Healthcare Professionals on Infectious Diseases using COVID-19 Test Kits.
In his appreciation remark, the Minister of State, Health; Senator (Dr) Adeleke Mamora expressed his appreciation to the support provided by the Government of the Republic of Korea, noting that donated booths will further boost Nigeria’s sample COVID-19 test sample collection capabilities that two of the booths will be located in Lagos while the other one will be in Abuja.