Ekiti state government has disclosed its readiness to set up a COVID-19 laboratory in the state to increase the capability for more testing for residents. Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mojisola Yaya-Kolade, said this facility is to be provided by Governor Kayode Fayemi, in partnership with well-meaning Ekiti indigenes and other private sponsors. Yaya-Kolade spoke in Ado Ekiti, during a press conference on COVID-19 update held by the task force in charge of the pandemic said: “The federal government promised to provide a facility, but it has not been forthcoming. The governor now used his own initiative to reach out to well-meaning Ekiti Indigenes and friends to provide a facility that will boost our testing capacity. “We are very optimistic that the testing kits, reagents and other materials to be used will arrive Ekiti next week”, she said. Yaya-Kolade, who said the state presently has seven patients on admission, hinted that some of them have turned negative, but still awaiting the results of their second tests before they can be discharged.