The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said COVID-19 tests conducted in its network of molecular laboratories are free.
The agency made the announcement via its Twitter handle on Sunday.
This comes after some parents in Ogun state protested after the government allegedly requested the sum of N25,000 to run COVID-19 tests on each student.
It listed 61 laboratories nationwide as those who are currently within the network, where such tests could be conducted free.
“Kindly note that COVID-19 tests conducted in facilities within the NCDC molecular laboratory network are free of charge.
“They include two at the State Specialist Hospital, Amachara in Abia State; Federal Medical Centre, Yola, Adamawa; Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, Akwa Ibom State; Accunalysis Medical Diagnostics, Anambra; COOUTH Awka Abbott Laboratory; Bauchi State Reference Laboratory, Bauchi; Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital; 161 AHM Laboratory, Benue; and University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Borno.
“In Lagos, there are Virology Lagos University Teaching Hospital; Nigeria Institute for Medical Research; Biosafety Level-3 Laboratory; 54gene Lagos; and the NCDC Central Public Health Laboratory.
“In Abuja, there are the NCDC National Reference Laboratory; Defence Reference Laboratory; FCT – 54gene; State House Annex Clinic Laboratory; University of Abuja, Gwagwalada Laboratory; and United Nations IOM Laboratory.”