Prof. Akin Abayomi, Honourable Commissioner for Health, Lagos State Photo: File

Lagos licenses 7 private laboratories for Coronavirus tests

*We expect selected laboratories to commence testing COVID-19 cases in few days ─Health Commissioner

*Says Lagos is not prepared to lose estimated 250,000 Lagosians to pandemic

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

As the Centre of Excellence is regarded as epicentre of the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic in the country, the Lagos State Government (LASG) has licensed seven private laboratories in order to fast-track COVID-19 sample testing.

It was learnt that Prof. Akin Abayomi, Honourable Commissioner for Health, Lagos State, in an update on the state’s COVID-19 situation Friday, June 26 said that the private laboratories were selected through a rigorous accreditation process.

According to Prof. Abayomi, making the list of accredited centres for COVID-19 tests are Total Medical Services, SynLab; 54Gene, Medbury Medical Services, Biologix Medical Services, 02 Medical Services and Clina Lancent Laboratories.

It is imperative that COVID-19 tests be widely available to members of the public as the state continuously opens up various aspects of its economy, stated the Commissioner for Health.

Abayomi stressed that Lagos State took the strategic decision to include private laboratories in its testing of COVID-19 so as to enhance its capacity in the continued efforts at curbing the disruptive virus among the populace in the state.

The state’s COVID-19 response would remain a centrally managed emergency response by the government, he said.

The Commissioner for Health stated: “We expect the selected laboratories to commence testing COVID-19 cases within the next few days.”

Abayomi disclosed that thus far, 9,497 cases have been confirmed COVID-19 positive in Lagos, while 1,470 have been treated and discharged at the state’s isolation centres.

Also, he revealed that 128 patients or 1.3 percent of patients who tested positive for COVID-19 in Lagos, had died of the virus.

Between three and five percent of Lagos residents infected with COVID-19 had an extremely severe to critical form of the virus, he added.

He said: “We say that most people have a mild to moderate disease, while that might be so, between three and five percent of Lagosians that got infected with the virus have an extremely severe to critical form of COVID-19.

“The risk of dying in that percentage is extremely high. Two, three or four percent might seem like a small percentage, but even, one percent of 25 million people is too much, that’s about 250, 000 Lagosians.

“We are not prepared to lose 250,000 Lagosians to the virus, and certainly, will not like to contemplate that number.”

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