The protective glass box recently unveiled by the Ogun state government is now in use by health workers in the State to collect samples for forward testing at the Ogun State Walk-in & Drive-through Testing Centre at the Ijamido Town Hall, Opposite Ansar-u-Deen Comprehensive College, Ota.
This was disclosed during an inspection visit by the Deputy Governor, Engr Noimot Salako-Oyedele and the Hon. Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker who assessed the high-end method used by the health experts.
According to analysis earlier given by the State Ministry of Health, the protective glass box, which is the first in Nigeria, has the advantage of being reliable against infection unlike disposable personal protective equipment (PPEs) with boots, which at the point of removal may put the geared worker at risk.
To ensure its reliability against the risk of infection for collection officers, the built-in hand gloves are disinfected by standby trained hygienists after each sample is collected.
The testing centre has welcomed a number of suspected patients, most of whom presented themselves on reasonable grounds. Their samples are immediately transferred for testing, with results getting ready within a shorter time than it used to take before this laudable innovation.