The National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI) in Vom, near Jos has being approved as a center in Plateau state for COVID-19 testing, making it one of the 11 accredited diagnostic centers nationwide approved by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) for the testing of corona virus case.
The Veterinary Council of Nigerian (VCN) while making this revelation on its official twitter handle on 11/04/2020 commended the duo of VCN president, CP. Aishatu Abubakar Baju and the Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Jos, Prof. (Mrs) L.H Lombin for attracting such valueable achievement to the research institute.
The staffs of NVRI, Vom are equally full of praise to the facilitators. In an online chat with Mr Kube Budaye James, an NVRI staff, he said the institute was highly delighted at the new development.
Meanwhile NVRI, Vom, on Saturday 11th April 2020 announced the production of Viral Transport Media (VTM) as a media for the shipment of suspected COVID-19 samples to diagnostic testing centers. It is recommended that samples from suspected cases for virus detection should reach the laboratory as soon as possible after samples have been collected. However since prompt delivery of specimen cannot be guaranteed as a result of unexpected delay along the route to the laboratory, it is recommended that the use of viral transport media is strongly adhered to.
According to NVRI, the VTM helps to ensure proper preservation of the virus contained in the sample for easy identification and diagnosis.