The COVID-19 Test Centre at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) will no longer entertain individuals coming on their own to be tested for the virus.
The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the hospital, Professor Abdurrahman Abba Sheshe, has called on individuals coming to the NCDC COVID-19 Test Center situated in the hospital to desist from coming.
The CMD dropped the warning while responding to questions from journalists at the Board Room of the hospital on Monday.
He explained that the procedures of processing samples in the center is through the members of National Center for Diseases Control (NCDC) who have the expertise of collecting the samples and forward to the laboratory for analysis and afterwards the result will be presented to them for either documentation or further necessary action as the case may be.
Professor Sheshe highlighted that it is not the responsibility of either a doctor or laboratory scientist working in the COVID-19 Test Center to convey positive patient to any isolation centers provided in the state.
He therefore advised both the conventional and social media to always verify their information before releasing it to the public because COVID-19 Test is not like any other routine test.
The CMD further disclosed that from inception, the center has received three hundred samples, many of which were COVID-19 negative while very few are positive.
He explained that the moment the center now receives samples from Katsina and Jigawa States in addition to the one in Kano.
He also said the hospital has also deployed some of its medical experts to all the isolation centers to assist in fighting the pandemic.
As part of its essential services to the people of Kano State, the hospital is continuing to provide healthcare services, especially at the Dialysis Unit, Family Medicine as well as in the Accident and Emergency department, he concluded.