[By VICTOR NZE]
Following reports by air travelers of rejection of their Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) negative results by international carriers departing from the country, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Thursday, released a list of its accredited Fee Paying Private Laboratories.
The private laboratories, according to NCDC, have been accredited to conduct Covid-19 tests and issue certificates as travel documents for intending outbound international passengers.
The 16 medical facilities accredited to handle Covid-19 samples are spread over Lagos, Edo, Imo states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
“We‘ve received complaints from passengers departing Nigeria, that airlines are rejecting #COVID19 negative results from some accredited private labs. This should not be the case.
“This has been escalated to @PTFCOVID19 & an update will be provided shortly.
“List of accredited labs via: SYNLAB, Ilupeju, Lagos; 54gene, Lagos Island; Medbury Medical Services, Ikeja; Biologix Medical Services, Lagos Mainland; O2 Medical Services, Gbagada, Lagos; Clina-Lancet Laboratories, Victoria Island, Lagos; Clinix Healthcare, Ogba, Lagos; Afriglobal Medicare, Ikeja, Lagos; Reddington Zaine Labortatory, Victoria Island; VCare Diagnostics Limited, Victoria Island; 54 Gene in FCT; Medicaid Radio diagnostics & Clinics, T.O.S. Benson Crescent; eHA Clinics, off Life Camp roundabout (Jabi); Everight Diagnostic Laboratory, Owerri; Lily Clinic Hospital Laboratory, Benin City; Edo Specialist Hospital, Benin,” said the NCDC.
NCDC urged the international airlines to accept the negative results presented by their passengers from these laboratories.