A private medical laboratory situated in Ikoyi, Lagos State has been shut down by the state government for allegedly conducting unauthorized COVID-19 tests.
Lagos State Ministry of Health, who disclosed this, also advised citizens against patronizing health facilities which are not accredited by the government for testing or management of COVID-19 cases as this poses danger to the community and staff of such facilities.
The tweets read;
“Yesterday, the Lagos State Ministry of Health, through Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency, sealed a private laboratory located on Banana Island, Ikoyi, for carrying out unauthorized COVID-19 tests without the required government approval.
“The lab; Acouns Medical Laboratory and Diagnostic Centre, was also situated in a pharmacy!
“Citizens are advised to desist from patronizing Health facilities not accredited by Lagos State Government for testing or management of COVID-19 cases as this poses danger to the community and staff of such facilities.”
Recall that the Lagos State Government earlier said that its residents can now get COVID-19 test for N50, 400.
Professor Akin Abayomi, the Lagos state commissioner for health, made this known while opening the Lagos State Private Public Consortium on the management of COVID-19 to increase the capacity of the Lagos state government in the management of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Abayomi also disclosed that though the tests were being conducted in laboratories owned by the federal government for free, the launched and approved laboratories will now be able to conduct COVID-19 test in Lagos state for a price ranging from N40,000 and N50,400.
They mentioned that this new development will solve apprehensive residents who are experiencing one form of symptoms or the other to get tested and get full attention from public hospitals or other facilities. They will not also have to worry themselves about the unavailability of testing kits after paying the cost.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi also disclosed that the inclusion of the private consortium in the testing was part of the motives to increased the COVID-19 response capacity in the state.