- The NCDC has reiterated that COVID-19 tests conducted in facilities within its molecular lab network are free of charge
- This is as the agency noted that scale-up of testing is key in assessing the pandemic's situation in Nigeria
- Meanwhile, Ogun state government's decision to impose N25,000 payment for COVID-19 and malaria tests for returning boarding students in private schools has sparked protests
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If you exhibit any relevant symptom of Covid-19 and want to get tested, the test is free, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
The disease control agency insisted that COVID-19 tests conducted within its molecular laboratories across the country are free.
This was stated in a tweet via the agency's official Twitter handle on Sunday, August 2.
The NCDC noted that scale-up of testing is key in assessing the nation’s COVID-19 situation and coordinating response across the country.
Currently, there are 61 testing facilities under the control of the NCDC. They are located in 30 states across the country and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Meanwhile, the decision of the Ogun state government to impose a mandatory N25,000 payment for COVID-19 and malaria tests for returning boarding students in private schools has sparked protests among parents.
The Senior Secondary three students (SS3) are expected to resume schools ahead of their West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), but the government has mandated each student to undergo a test as a precondition for resumption into school.
The state government had said no boarding school student would be admitted into schools without a certificate of COVID-19 test which must be negative.
While the COVID-19 test is free for public secondary school students, their counterparts in private schools are required to pay N25,000.
The parents who have their wards in private schools reportedly visited MTR 250-bed specialist hospital, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the designated place for the test on Sunday, August 2.
But they could not get their children tested for free as they were asked to pay N25,000 for each child.
The parents who were opposed to the decision reportedly protested and blocked the entrance of the hospital while the health officials hurriedly left the place.
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