- The Lagos state government has reiterated that COVID-19 test remains free of charge for residents of the state
- This was disclosed in a statement by the state commissioner for information and strategy, Gbenga Omotoso
- Lagos has become the epicentre of infection in Nigeria with the state holding a total of 10,510 cases
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Amid concentrated efforts channeled towards the fight against the pandemic, Lagos state government has reassured its residents that COVID-19 test is free for all Lagosians at every coronavirus public testing laboratories.
According to The Nation, this information was disclosed in a statement signed by Gbenga Omotoso, the state commissioner for information and strategy.
“For the avoidance of doubt it is necessary to reiterate to members of the public that testing remains free of charge at all public testing laboratories,” the statement reads in parts.
The general public has been urged by the state government to take advantage of this service if they feel unwell or come in close contact with someone that is infected.
Omotoso went on to note that Lagos government despite establishing sampling centres across the megacity has continued to enhance the capacity of the public testing laboratories to test all those who require testing free of charge.
Lagos has become the epicentre of infection in Nigeria with the state holding about 50% of the total cases across the country. As of Tuesday, June 30, Lagos continues to take the lead with a total of 10,510 cases.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Lagos state government announced private laboratories where coronavirus test can be carried out.
Speaking through his chief press secretary Gboyega Akosile in a tweet on Tuesday, June 30, Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu of Lagos enjoined residents of the state who exhibit symptoms of Covid-19 to visit the lab and test themselves.
In a related development, the director-general of the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, has adjudged the Emergency Operating Center (EOC) in Akwa Ibom state as the best in the country.
Dr. Ihekweazu and officials of World Health Organisation (WHO), who were in the state on a working tour of health facilities, commended the Akwa Ibom state government for its investment in healthcare and building institutional capacity to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He expressed satisfaction over the facilities and quality of personnel available in the state and assured that the federal government and the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 will be pleased to deepen collaborations with the state.
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