Lagos govt approves seven private laboratories for COVID-19 testing


Seven private laboratories in Lagos have been approved by the state government to commence COVID-19 testing to ramp up the state’s testing capacity.

During the official signing of agreement between the state and private laboratories, Akin Abayomi, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, said the selection and approval followed a rigorous process.

He said the action is a key element in the next phase of the state’s response strategy to expand diagnostic testing and ensure a larger number of people have access to COVID-19 test.

The commissioner said the partnership will expand the state’s capacity to meet the growing demand for testing in the next stage of it’s biosecurity road map.

The approved private laboratories are;

Total Medical Services,

SynLab,

54 Gene,

Medbury medical Services,

Biologix Medical Services,

02 Medical Services, and

Clina Lancent Laboratory.

“We recognise the need to expand our testing, especially to the local government areas that are most affected by the community transmission of the virus and as Lagos State continuously manages the public crises caused by COVID-19, it simultaneously attempts to open up various aspects of its economy. Both efforts make it imperative that COVID19 tests are widely available to members of the public.

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“In a bid to ramp up our testing capacity, we have taken a strategic decision to include private laboratories in the testing of COVID19. However, the State’s COVID19 response will remain a centrally managed emergency response by the State Government and the need to test will be surveillance driven and based on a clear case definition,” the commissioner said.

Mr Abayomi said citizens will now have to request for COVID-19 test “to confirm status periodically, as part of requirements for returning to work, which will be a regulatory requirement for selected industries like the food and beverage industry, local & international…

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