Immediate priorities include scaling up testing capacity and streamlining processes to prevent delays.
A total of 50 laboratory staff have been trained by WHO on sample collection, transportation and testing. Laboratory staff have also received PPE from WHO.
The FMoH target is to identify and equip up to seven laboratories across the states to achieve “zonal coverage” to all states and achieve 600 tests per day. Currently an average of 550 tests are processed per day. The COVID-19 laboratory network currently has four functioning laboratories: The National Public Health Laboratory (NPHL) in Khartoum, the Red Sea Central Laboratory, Blue Nile Institute in El Gezira and the Darfur Centre for Communicable and Non-communicable Diseases in Nyala (South Darfur). The lab in South Darfur is the first laboratory with the capacity to test COVID-19 in Darfur.
A total of 25,000 test kits have been received to date—5,000 test kits received from the Dubai hub and a further 20,000 tests were donated to the NPHL from the Jack Ma foundation of China.
Data on testing capacity of Red Sea and Gezira state labs.