People living in Lagos, a Nigerian state that includes its major city, can buy a Covid-19 test at a private laboratory for N50,400 – about US$130. That’s according to several news reports posted on Facebook.
“Lagos state governor through his commissioner for health has announced that Lagos residents who are unable to get themselves tested in government’s own facilities would henceforth pay N50,400 in a private laboratory to conduct Covid-19 test,” reads a 30 June 2020 article on the site Within Nigeria.
Making tests ‘widely available’
“We recognise the need to expand our testing capacity, especially to the local government areas that are most affected by the community transmission of the virus,” he said.
“Both efforts make it imperative that Covid-19 tests are widely available to members of the public.”
Dr Anthony Ofili, operations manager at Medbury Medical Services, one of the private laboratories approved to conduct the tests, told Africa Check each test would cost N50,400. – Motunrayo Joel
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