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Lagos Government gives approval to 7 private labs to commence COVID-19 testing

Prof. Akin Abayomi stated that the labs were selected and approved to carry out tests after a rigorous accreditation and validation process

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Update: Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, tests postive to coronavirus disease, Seven Private Laboratories Get Government Approval To Commence Covid-19 testing in Lagos State

The Lagos State Government announced it has added Seven Private Laboratories into its testing strategy to expand capacity in Nigeria’s commercial capital.

The approved laboratories are Total Medical services, SynLab, 54 Gene, Medbury Medical Services, Biologix Medical Services, 02 Medical Services, and Clina Lancent Laboratories.

The Lagos Ministry of Health says the labs were selected and approved to carry out tests after, “a rigorous accreditation and validation process by the Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency  (HEFAMAA) and the Ministry of Health’s Bio-Bank.”

Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi announced that the key element in the next phase of the State’s response strategy to COVID-19 is expanding diagnostic testing capacity to strategically ensure a larger number of people have access.

“In a bid to ramp up our testing capacity, we have taken a strategic decision to include private laboratories in the testing of COVID-19,“ Abayomi said.

“However, the state’s COVID-19 response will remain a centrally managed emergency response by the State Government and the need to test will be surveillance driven and based on a clear case definition,“ he added.

READ MORE: Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases projected to top 240k as positivity tests approach 20%

He also noted that the private Labs can only conduct PCR tests and stated that the use of Rapid Diagnostic Test Kits (RDT) remains illegal in the State until it can validate the authenticity of the RDTs.

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Director of the Lagos State Bio-Bank, Dr. Bamidele Mutiu said the labs were selected because they possess the equipment and expertise to test for COVID-19 within the parameters of their testing strategy.

“The idea is to decentralize testing while maintaining the integrity and regulation of sample collection, testing, and result validation,” he added.

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Covid-19: Nigeria records over 1 million vaccinations

The NPHCDA has stated that it has vaccinated 1,043,737 persons, which is 51.9% of the targeted total proportion.

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The National Primary Health Care Development Agency has disclosed that Nigeria, as of April 14th, 2021, had vaccinated 1,043,737 persons, which is 51.9% of the targeted total proportion.

The NPHCDA revealed this in a statement on Wednesday evening.

Kwara State leads in the vaccination percentage of target reached, at 110% with 30,708 vaccinations.

READ: Only 10 countries have administered 75% of all vaccinations – UN Secretary-General

Meanwhile, Lagos State has conducted the most vaccinations so far at 192,061 representing 75.7% of its percentage target reached so far.

The Federal Capital has vaccinated 40.1% of its target so far at 44,098 and Kogi State has conducted the least number of vaccinations at 5,568.

READ: Covid-19: Pope Francis set to get vaccinated, says its ethical

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Nairametrics reported earlier that the Nigerian government aimed to get 70 million Johnson and Johnson single-shot COVID-19 vaccines after the African Union recently announced a deal with the drugmaker for 400 million vaccine doses.

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COVID-19 Update in Nigeria

On the 14th of April 2021, 89 new confirmed cases were recorded in Nigeria

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The spread of novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria continues to record significant increases as the latest statistics provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reveal Nigeria now has 164,000 confirmed cases.

On the 14th of April 2021, 89 new confirmed cases were recorded in Nigeria.

To date, 164,000 cases have been confirmed, 154,270 cases have been discharged and 2,061 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

A total of 1.8 million tests have been carried out as of April 14th, 2021 compared to 1.7 million tests a day earlier.

COVID-19 Case Updates- 14th April 2021,

  • Total Number of Cases – 164,000
  • Total Number Discharged – 154,270
  • Total Deaths – 2,061
  • Total Tests Carried out – 1,838,174

According to the NCDC, the 89 new cases were reported from 10 states- Lagos (19), Abuja (15), Adamawa (12), Akwa Ibom (10). Cross River (9), RIvers (6), Ogun (6), Kano (5), Kaduna (4), and Osun (3).

Meanwhile, the latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 58,033, followed by Abuja (19,742), Plateau (9,041), Kaduna (8,998), Rivers (7,007), Oyo (6,838), Edo (4,893), Ogun (4,627), Kano (3,935), Ondo (3,226), Kwara (3,120), Delta (2,617), Osun (2,563), Nasarawa (2,378), Enugu (2,259), Katsina (2,097), Gombe (2,034), Ebonyi (2,017), Anambra (1,909), Akwa Ibom (1,810), and Abia (1,683).

Imo State has recorded 1,655 cases, Bauchi (1,540), Borno (1,337), Benue (1,188), Adamawa (1,051), Niger (930), Taraba (910), Bayelsa (878), Ekiti (868), Sokoto (775), Jigawa (527), Kebbi (450), Cross River (385), Yobe (365), Zamfara (234), while Kogi state has recorded 5 cases only.

READ ALSO: COVID-19: Western diplomats warn of disease explosion, poor handling by government

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Lock Down and Curfew

In a move to combat the spread of the pandemic disease, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days, which took effect from 11 pm on Monday, 30th March 2020.

The movement restriction, which was extended by another two weeks period, has been partially put on hold with some businesses commencing operations from May 4. On April 27th, 2020, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari declared an overnight curfew from 8 pm to 6 am across the country, as part of new measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19. This comes along with the phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos, and Ogun States, which took effect from Saturday, 2nd May 2020, at 9 am.

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On Monday, 29th June 2020 the federal government extended the second phase of the eased lockdown by 4 weeks and approved interstate movement outside curfew hours with effect from July 1, 2020. Also, on Monday 27th July 2020, the federal government extended the second phase of eased lockdown by an additional one week.

On Thursday, 6th August 2020 the federal government through the secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 announced the extension of the second phase of eased lockdown by another four (4) weeks.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State announced the closed down of the Eti-Osa Isolation Centre, with effect from Friday, 31st July 2020. He also mentioned that the Agidingbi Isolation Centre would also be closed and the patients relocated to a large capacity centre.

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Due to the increased number of covid-19 cases in Nigeria, the Nigerian government ordered the reopening of Isolation and treatment centres in the country on Thursday, 10th December 2020.

On 26th January 2021, the Federal Government announced the extension of the guidelines of phase 3 of the eased lockdown by one month following the rising cases of the coronavirus disease in the country and the expiration of phase 3 of the eased lockdown.

On 28th February 2021, the federal government confirmed that the first tranche of Covid-19 vaccines will arrive in Nigeria on Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021.

On Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, the National Primary health Care Development Agency announced the arrival of the expected COVX Astrazeneca/Oxford covid-19 vaccines.

On Saturday, 6th March 2021, President Muhammadu Buhari and his vice, Yemi Osinbajo received vaccination against the covid-19 as the State House in Abuja.

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