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We’ve Spent N800 Million To Test 16,000 People For Coronavirus – Lagos Govt.

Valentine Chinyem

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Lagos State government says it has spent about N800 million in conducting COVID-19 tests on 16,000 patients in the state so far.

It added that each of the test, which had been fully paid for, costs between N40,000 and N50,000.

This was disclosed by the state Commissioner for Health in the state, Professor Akin Abayomi, while fielding questions from journalists on the fight against the pandemic at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Secretariats, Alausa, Ikeja.

He said, “We have so far performed 16,000 COVID-19 tests in Lagos, which is much higher than anywhere else in Nigeria.

“We are planning to test up to about 1,000 people per day very soon and in the next month or two, we are going to be ramping up our capacity to test.

“For now, the government is providing testing free of charge and the government pays about N40,000 to N50,000 per test.

“But as we ramp up our testing, we are going to try and use some means of subsidy for the test, either through insurance or through some contributions from donors or from development partners

“For now, the state government is providing COVID-19 testing free of charge and all citizens who need to be tested for COVID-19 either because they are not feeling well or had a close contact can get it done free of charge at any of our testing sites on the four laboratories,” Abayomi said.

Speaking further, Abayomi said Lagos is seeing a rise in its COVID-19 confirmed cases due to the increase in its testing capacity.

He encouraged Lagosians to always wear nose masks and follow preventive guidelines. More so, he said people in thr stapresent themselves for test and guard against stigmatisation of COVID-19 patients.

The commissioner further urged the people to always wear nose masks in the public, present themselves early for treatment, as most of the death recorded were cases that were brought in late.