Nigeria: Lagos govt brings in private laboratories in bid to scale up coronavirus response
London, June 30, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Lagos State Government has announced the take over of COVID-19 testing by a consortium of health professionals and private laboratories in bid to scale up testing and arrest rising cases
Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial nerve-centre remains the epic centre of covid-19 in Nigeria recording additional 166 of the 566 new cases announced on Monday night
566 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;— NCDC (@NCDCgov) June 29, 2020
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Commissioner for Health Prof Akin Abayomi, who made the disclosure during a press conference on Monday at Alausa, Ikeja noted that the accreditation of seven private laboratories will boost its testing capacity and three private hospitals for case management.
He added that that test for the novel coronavirus disease in the state remains free of charge at various government centres
According to him, the government commenced the accreditation and validation of private health facilities to assist in the fight against the virus because of the need to improve COVID-19 response strategy.
On the capacities of the laboratories, the commissioner said all of them have passed the validation and have been accredited before being considered.
‘We are just going through the logistics of having them in the consortium of laboratories and these laboratories are going to be testing on behalf of the government to provide an expanded testing strategy so that we can get a clearer understanding of the outbreak in Lagos,’ Abayomi said.
While putting the cost of the test at government facilities at between N40,000 and N50,400, Abayomi revealed that no fewer than 500 patients are currently receiving treatment in the various isolation centres across the state
Many other COVID-19 patients are equally receiving treatment from their respective homes according to the commissioner
The new 566 new coronavirus record was posted on monday as Nigeria relaxed some of the measures put in place to curb the spread of the virus.
From 1 July, inter-state movement will legally begin.
Schools have been directed to open for graduating classes.
Domestic flights can also resume.
However, government said it has identified 18 local councils, where there are more cases of the virus.
It intends to impose ‘precision lockdown’ on the 18 councils.
It also charged citizens to observe all the precautions.
“With the absence of a vaccine, non-pharmaceutical interventions such as use of face masks, physical distancing & hand hygiene remain the most effective strategy to limit #COVID19 spread,” said Boss Mustapha, chairman of the COVID-19 Task Force