Lagos State Govt seals private medical laboratory conducting COVID-19 tests illegally
This was disclosed by the State ministry of Health on Saturday in a series of tweets.
According to the ministry, the sealing of Acouns Medical Laboratory and Diagnostic Centre located on Banana Island, Ikoyi and situated in a pharmacy was carried out through the Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency, HEFAMAA.
It advised residents to desist from patronising health facilities not accredited by the state government for testing or management of COVID-19 cases, as “this poses danger to the community and staff of such facilities”.
“It is illegal to manage COVID-19 cases outside of an accredited facility.
“We implore the public not to go for test or treatment in a private facility that has not been accredited by government”.
“It is dangerous and you might certainly put you at risk”.
It noted that the ministry would continue to do its best to ensure that health facilities in the state adhere strictly to standards that guarantee the health and wellbeing of Lagosians, while encouraging members of the public to cooperate fully with the State government to ensure the safety and health of all even as we strive to contain the spread of the pandemic.
However the State Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi on Friday in a tweet listed approved private labs for COVID-19 testing in the State:
Total medical services
Medbury Medical Services
Biologix medical services
02 medical services and
Clina Lancent Lab
Meanwhile the State also announced on Friday that 50 COVID-19 patients; 13 females and 37 males including 26 foreign nationals were discharged from the various isolation facilities in the State.
The patients; 6 from Agidingbi, 14 from Eti-Osa (LandMark) 22 from Onikan, 1 from Vidic and 7 from LUTH Isolation Centres were discharged after full recovery and testing negative to COVID-19.