COVID-19: Lagos Re-strategize As Fourth Wave Trapers

COVID-19: Lagos Re-strategize As Fourth Wave Trapers

The Government of Lagos State has announced that the reduction of cases due to the fourth wave of the Coronavirus disease,  it will continue to enforce surveillance of COVID and ensure access to free-of-charge PCR testing in all its public health facilities in the state.Information Guide Nigeria

LAGOS STATE OFFICIAL WEBSITE reports that Government has reduced the cost of the COVID-19 PCR test at its accredited private laboratories from N50,400 to N45,250 per PCR test adding that it will commence on the 28th of January 2022.

The Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, who made the announcement in Alausa, Ikeja office, said that the cost of  COVID-19 PCR test was reviewed by Lagos State COVID-19 Incident Command Structure and approved by the state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

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    “For those that need to travel and require a private PCR test, the Lagos State Government has recommended a reduction in the cost of COVID-19 PCR test at the accredited private laboratories consortium from N50,400 to N45,250 per PCR test commencing on the 28th of January 2022.

    “You will recall that N50,400 initial PCR test fee charged at the private laboratories was a fixed amount approved by the Governor during the expansion of our testing to include the private laboratories consortium in the first wave. This strategy was to expand testing outlets available to the public but more importantly to ensure price control standardisation and avoid exploitation of the public, as there were huge cost variations in PCR testing in the private sector ranging from N70,000 to as high as N300,000 per PCR test.

    “Mr. Governor has approved the reduction in cost of the PCR test, bringing us to the new cost of N45,250 per PCR test. What this implies is that the Lagos State Government will enforce the new cost of PCR tests conducted at the private laboratories consortium”.

    Abayomi who frowned at the use of fake vaccination cards said: “It has come to the notice of the State Government that certain returning passengers present themselves at the airport either with fake COVID-9 PCR tests or fake vaccination cards or registering as children under 10 years to bypass the National guidelines or providing false COVID related information.

    “These acts will not be tolerated as they represent the main catalyst of all the four waves which have had a major impact on the State’s public health systems and the economy.Jamb Result 

“Whilst we understand that it may not have been the fault of passengers but facilitated by unscrupulous individuals assisting them, we have taken a decision not to submit their passports for deactivation by the Presidential Steering Committee, in the first instance, but give them an opportunity to present themselves at our mobile court to defend themselves and help identify where they are obtaining the fake documents, if applicable.

“Prof. Abayomi revealed that the names of 200 individuals, who failed to present themselves at the Mobile Courts, have been submitted to the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) while their passports have been deactivated for a period of one year.

“These will be published in the dailies in the coming week and the next set of names will follow in the coming month. We encourage all those who have received a text message to present themselves at the mobile court to avoid these sanctions”.

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Idongesit Akpa-Ayang

Idongesit is a graduate of Communication Arts, University of Uyo. Currently working as a news reporter at InfoGuide Nigeria.

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