Written by Williams ABAH

Laboratory should not charge for Covid-19 test in Nigeria-PTF

The national co-ordinator,  Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr.



Sani Aliyu, says Nigerians should not pay for coronavirus test, noting
that testing remains free for citizens across the country.

Aliyu stated this in Abuja at the PTF daily briefing. According to
him,the federal government provides free test kits across the
laboratories and that state governments pay private laboratories for
 every test they do.

He added that private laboratories can only charge for their services
if clients want to undergo COVID-19 test because they want to embark
on international travel.
He maintained that Nigeria must continue to be critical of the
reopening processes to avoid a second wave of COVID-19 infection as
seen in some countries already. The Nigeria Centre for Disease
Control, NCDC, sad the cost of COVID-19 test varies across private
laboratories, noting that currently it ranges between N42,050, N50,400
on the payment portal

Interacting with journalists, NCDC said those who wish to know their
covid-19 status can get tested by the laboratory once they are ready
 to pay for it.
They said the fee for the test is N50,400, adding that the test result
is usually ready between 24 and 48 hours.

Aliyu also said "the schools charging for COVID-19 test,We do not
recommend testing for the reopening of schools.
“If private universities are charging for COVID-19 test, you need to
know that it is not coming from PTF
“You test for COVID-19 based on certain indicators. For instance, if
 the person has symptom  or has just returned from abroad, or if the
person belongs to a vulnerable group and is concerned that he or she
might have been exposed".

He further stated that PCR test when opening school is not important,
according to him,What is important is for the schools to monitor the
temperature of students when they are coming in and also check





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