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Somalia to start testing COVID-19 locally after acquiring machines

Testing for COVID-19 in Somalia will now be conducted within the country thanks to the acquisition machines by the Ministry of Health.

Testing for COVID-19 in Somalia will now be conducted within the country thanks to the acquisition machines by the Ministry of Health.

Health Minister Fawziya Abikar announced Thursday the acquisition of two COVID-19 testing machines saving the Horn of Africa nation the agony of transporting samples for testing in neighbouring Kenya.

“I happy to announce that from today henceforth we can conduct tests in our national laboratory,” Dr. Fawzia said adding three other machines will soon arrive in the country to bolster testing.

Somalia had been sending samples to Nairobi for testing limiting the speed of testing. Somalia recorded the 8th case of COVID-19 Wednesday amid concerns there could be already other unrecorded cases since the patient had no travel history.

The 58-year-old was picked in Mogadishu unlike other previous cases which were already in quarantine upon arrival from abroad.

Meanwhile Somaliland Thursday received a consignment of COVID-19 medical supplies from UAE to boost the break-away region’s efforts in combating the virus. A plane carrying the supplies landed at Egal Airport in Hargeisa Thursday morning.

Somaliland has since registered two cases of COVID19.

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