By Zainab Muftau
The Lagos State Ministry of Health has sealed a private laboratory located on Banana Island, Ikoyi for carrying out COVID19 tests without the required government approval.
According to the ministry, the laboratory, Acouns Medical Laboratory and Diagnostic Centre was also situated in a pharmacy in the same building.
The ministry said such act is illegal and urged citizens to patronise only government approved labs for.the testing of COVID-19.
“Citizens are advised to desist from patronizing Health facilities not accredited by Health ministry for testing or management of #COVID19 cases as this poses danger to the community and staff of such facilities.
It is illegal to manage COVID19 cases outside of an accredited facility. As a public, we implore you not to go for test or treatment in a private facility that has not been accredited by government. It is dangerous and that might certainly put you at risk.
Lagos state will continue to do its best to ensure that health facilities in the State adhere strictly to standards to guarantee the health and wellbeing of Lagosians,” the statement read.
The government also called on the public to cooperate with it in order to ensure the fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic is won completely.
“Members of the public are encouraged to cooperate fully with Lagos State to ensure the safety and health of all even as we strive to contain the spread of the pandemic”.