BY ALEX DADAMU
THE country’s COVID-19 testing equipment – qPCR machine and GeneXpert machines are performing at the expected level, according to Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare in his nationwide address today.
Prime Minister Sogavare said just for affirmation, the laboratory in Honiara regularly send samples of the test results from the COVID-19 testing equipment – qPCR machine and GeneXpert to be cross-validated by World Health Organization (WHO) Reference laboratories overseas.
“I am very pleased to inform you that the results matched those of the Reference laboratories.
“This affirmation simply means that our testing equipment is performing at the expected level and our laboratory technologists are doing an excellent job in conducting the tests professionally and keeping our country safe,” he said.
The Prime Minister later thanked the Laboratory technologists for what he termed as an ‘excellent work and dedication’ to the service for the country.