Ahead of the resumption of international flight operations in Nigeria, the Federal Ministry of Health has so far accredited 15 privately owned laboratories in 5 states for passengers to test for Covid-19 before departure and days after their arrival.
The laboratories certified by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC include 10 in Lagos State, namely Total Medical Services, SYNLAB, Medbury Medical Services, Biologix Médical Services and O2 Médical Services. Others are Clina-Lancet Laboratories, Clinix Healthcare, Afriglobal Medicare, Reddington Zaine Laboratory and VCare Diagnostics Limited.
The other 5 are at the eHA Clinics in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja, RNZ Laboratory in Rivers State, Everight Laboratory in Imo State and Lily Clinic Hospital Laboratory in Edo State.
The Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 says these fee-paying accredited laboratories are to be at the service of passengers who would pay for their Covid-19 tests ahead of the dates for their flights. None of the 66 public laboratories across the country undertaking free testing of Covid-19 will not be involved in test for international flight passengers.
The 66 laboratories are located in 34 states including the Federal Capital Territory. The only states without any activated Covid-19 testing centre as at the time of this report include Taraba, Niger and Kebbi.
There are however reports that the Taraba Deputy Governor, Haruna Manu has inaugurated the first Covid-19 testing centre in the State at the Specialist Hospital in Jalingo, the state capital. When activated, this will be the 67th laboratory in the country for the testing of Covid-19.
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