Lagos approves seven private laboratories for COVID-19 testing.

The Lagos State Government on Friday said it has approved seven private laboratories as COVID-19 testing centres.

Lagos Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi who disclosed this during a briefing at Alausa said the private laboratories were selected through a rigorous accreditation process.

Abayomi said the private laboratories include “Total Medical Services, SynLab, 54 Gene, Medbury Medical Services, Biologix Medical Services, O2 Medical Services, and Clina Lancent Laboratories.

“We expect the selected laboratories to commence testing COVID-19 cases within the next few days.”

The commissioner said four public laboratories with a combined capacity of 2,000 are testing COVID-19 samples in the state.

The laboratories include -Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, Lagos State Biobank, Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, and Central Public Health Laboratory.

“As Lagos State continuously attempts to open up various aspects of its economy, it is imperative that COVID-19 tests are widely available to members of the public.

“In a bid to ramp up its testing capacity, Lagos state government has taken a strategic decision to include private laboratories in the testing of COVID-19.

“However, the state’s COVID-19 responses will remain a centrally managed emergency response by the state government,” Abayomi said.

He also noted that even though 42 percent of the confirmed cases in Nigeria have been in Lagos state, the state accounts for only 23.6 percent of the recorded deaths due to COVID-19 in Nigeria.

The commissioner added that the state has tested 1,629 persons per million of the population in the state.

According to him, Eti-Osa Local Government Area leads with the highest number of reported cases of COVID-19 in the state, followed by Alimosho, Kosofe, Ikeja, Oshodi, Surulere, and Lagos Mainland.

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