The state Commissioner of Information, Culture and Home Affairs, Alhaji Abdulkareem Sirika, made the disclosure to newsmen at the Government House, Katsina.
He said, “A total of 11,314 samples have so far been collected cumulatively with 675 repeats and follow-ups.”
Sirika added that the payments were made to the private laboratory in Katsina accredited by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control for the tests, adding that 10,000 cases were registered from 31st May, 2020 to date.
The commissioner revealed that the amount paid to the private medical laboratory was in addition to other costs incurred on patients’ care and staff allowances.
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