The Borno State High Powered Response Team on COVID-19 has said it is making effort to increase the testing capacity in the state.
The state Commissioner of Health, Dr Salisu Kwaya-Bura, who is also the Secretary of the team, made this known Tuesday while giving an update on the pandemic in the state.
Kwaya-Bura said the only testing centre at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) was not enough to handle the growing need for testing.
He said the state needed to have the capacity for 1000 tests daily and was working toward having a centre at Umaru Shehu Hospital in Maiduguri and an additional one in the UMTH.
The commissioner urged the public to adhere strictly to preventive measures as the most effective way to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, which had so far affected 40 people in the state.
The state Director, National Orientation Agency (NOA) Alhaji Yahaya Imam, also spoke at the event.
He said that the agency had taken full advantage of the lockdown to move from ward to ward in Maiduguri to enlighten the public on the pandemic and preventive measures.
Imam urged all stakeholders to sustain the tempo in mobilizing for united front against the global pandemic.