The Lagos State government on Friday shut down a private laboratory for conducting COVID-19 tests without required approval from the appropriate authorities.
The state government disclosed in a statement via its official twitter handle on Saturday.
The statement read, “Yesterday, @LSMOH through @HEFAMAA_LASG sealed a private laboratory located on Banana Island, Ikoyi for carrying out #COVID19 tests without the required government approval. The lab; Acouns Medical Laboratory and Diagnostic Centre was also situated in a pharmacy!”
Warning the public to desist from partronising private laboratories that are not approved to carry out COVID-19 test, Lagos state government said “Citizens are advised to desist from patronizing Health facilities not accredited by @followlasg 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 you might certainly put you at risk”.
The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, had during the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing on Monday warned Nigerians against using unaccredited COVID-19 facilities as they were illegal and risky.