COVID-19 Test In Any Of Our 61 Laboratories Is Free – NCDC

In this file photo taken on June 1, 2020, a healthcare worker holds a Covid-19 test kit.

 

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has insisted that coronavirus (COVID-19) tests conducted within its molecular laboratories across the country are free.

It stated this on Sunday via its verified Twitter handle.

According to the agency, the scale-up of testing is key in assessing the nation’s COVID-19 situation and coordinating response across the country.

The 61 NCDC facilities are located in 30 states across the country and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Some of them include the State Specialist Hospital, Amachara in Abia State; Federal Medical Centre, Yola, Adamawa; Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, Akwa Ibom; and Virology Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Lagos, among others.

 

NCDC’s tweet came amid the controversy over the COVID-19 tests to be conducted for SS3 students preparing for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in Ogun State.

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A map showing Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases as of August 2nd, 2020. Channels TV/Benjamin Oluwatoyin.

 

Ahead of the resumption of revision classes for the students, the state government had asked them to take the tests for COVID-19 and malaria.

While the government said it would be responsible for the cost for students in public schools, it asked parents/ owners of private schools to do the same for their students.

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This led to a protest in Abeokuta, the state capital by some parents of private school students over the purported payment of N25,000 for the test.

In its reaction, the government said it has decided to further assist the private schools by negotiating “a huge discount” in the cost of the COVID-19 test with some healthcare service providers.

It, however, advised private school owners and parents to engage any other service provider of their choice as long as they were certified by the NCDC as COVID-19 Test service providers.

See the full list of the 61 NCDC laboratories below:

S/NLABORATORIESSTATETYPE
1State Specialist Hospital, Amachara labAbiaGeneXpert
2State Specialist Hospital , AmacharaPCR Laboratory
3Federal Medical Centre YolaAdamawaPCR Laboratory
4Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, Akwa Ibom StateAkwa-IbomPCR Laboratory
5Accunalysis medical diagnosticsAnambraPCR Laboratory
6COOUTH Awka Abbott labPCR Laboratory
7Bauchi state Reference LaboratoryBauchiPCR Laboratory
8Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching HospitalPCR Laboratory
9161 AHM labBenueGeneXpert
10University of Maiduguri Teaching HospitalBornoPCR Laboratory
11Lawrence Henshaw Memo CalabarCross RiversGeneXpert
12UCTH Lab
13Delta Mobile LaboratoryDeltaPCR Laboratory
14Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching HospitalEbonyiPCR Laboratory
15Irua Specialist Teaching HospitalEdoPCR Laboratory
16University of Benin Teaching HospitalPCR Laboratory
17Edo Specialist Hospital, BeninPCR Laboratory
18Ekiti – 54geneEkitiPCR Laboratory
19University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital labEnuguGeneXpert
20University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital Molecular Virology LaboratoryPCR Laboratory
21Everight diagnostics and Laboratory services LtdImoPCR Laboratory
22Federal Medical Centre Owerri labGeneXpert
23Jigawa molecular labJigawaPCR Laboratory
24DNA laboratoryKadunaPCR Laboratory
25Africa Centre of Excellence for Neglected Tropical Diseases and Forensic Biotechnology, Ahmadu Bello University ZariaPCR Laboratory
26Mobile lab KadunaGeneXpert
27Yusuf Dansoho Memorial Hospital labGeneXpert
28Aminu Kano Teaching HospitalKanoPCR Laboratory
2954gene KanoPCR Laboratory
30International Foundation Against Infectious Diseases in Nigeria (IFAIN)PCR Laboratory
31EHAlab KanoPCR Laboratory
32Bayero University KanoPCR Laboratory
33Sahel Centre for Molecular Diagnostics and Research, KatsinaKatsinaPCR Laboratory
34State Specialist Hospital Kogi labKogiGeneXpert
35Sobi Specialist HospitalKwaraPCR Laboratory
36Virology Lagos University Teaching HospitalLagosPCR Laboratory
37Nigeria Institute for Medical ResearchClosed System
38Biosafety Level-3 LaboratoryPCR Laboratory
3954gene LagosPCR Laboratory
40NCDC Central Public Health LabortaoryPCR Laboratory
41Zankli labNasarawaGeneXpert
4254gene OgunOgunPCR Laboratory
43Afriglobal Medicare LaboratoryPCR Laboratory
44FMC OwoOndoPCR Laboratory
45African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious DiseasesOsunPCR Laboratory
46University College Hospital Virology department laboratoryOyoPCR Laboratory
47Biorepository and clinical virology lab, University College HospitalPCR Laboratory
48National Veterinary Research InstitutePlateauPCR Laboratory
49Jos University Teaching Hospital labGeneXpert
50University of Port Harcourt Teaching HospitalRiversPCR Laboratory
51Rivers State University Teaching Hospital Satallite Molecular LaboratoryPCR Laboratory
52SPDC (shell) labPCR Laboratory
53Indorama Company Molecular LaboratoryPCR Laboratory
54Centre for Advanced Medical Research and Training, Usmanu Danfodio UniversitySokotoPCR Laboratory
55NCDC National Reference LaboratoryFCTPCR Laboratory
56Defense Reference LaboratoryClosed System
57FCT – 54genePCR Laboratory
58State House Annex Clinic lab (SHAC)PCR Laboratory
59University of Abuja, Gwagwalada LaboratoryGeneXpert Laboratory
60United Nations IOM LabGeneXpert Laboratory
61Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, Gombe State Specialist HospitalGombePCR Laboratory

SS3 Boarding Students Must Take COVID-19, Malaria Tests – Ogun Govt

A map of Ogun, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

The Ogun State government has said that all SS3 boarding students in the state must take the tests for COVID-19 and malaria before they will be admitted into their various hostels.

This was announced in a statement on Saturday by the S.A. to the governor on Primary and Secondary Education, Mrs Ronke Soyombo.

She revealed that the State Ministry of Health has already made provisions for the students to take the tests, as part of the conditions for the re-opening of schools in Ogun.

Soyombo explained that the exercise which began on July 31 and would end on August 3, was ongoing at three public health care facilities in the state.

They include ‘The 250 MTR’ – a white edifice opposite the State Secretariat in the Okemosan area of Abeokuta, the state capital.

The other two facilities are the Ogun State General Hospital in Ado-Odo Ota and the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital in Sagamu.

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The governor’s aide stated that tests of the students were part of the frantic efforts of the state government to ensure a safe learning academic atmosphere for both learners and teachers in all public and private schools.

She noted that all principals of private and public schools have been asked to enforce the directive of the government which was in line with the guidelines of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

“All the returning boarding students are to stay in the school hostels only. Parents are hereby advised that private hostels are exempted from accommodating students during this period to ensure strict compliance with NCDC directives,” the statement read.

Soyombo said part of the “strong condition of admittance” to school was that returning boarding students must present a COVID-19 certificate showing negative.

“To this end, all principals are, therefore, directed to immediately disseminate the above important information to all SS3 learners in the state and to ensure that the above instructions are strictly adhered to as sanctions will be meted out to any defaulting school,” the government warned.

Ogun Teachers To Resume August 3

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, briefing journalists about the recent development of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state where 28 persons have been identified and quarantined.

 

The Ogun State Government has ordered all secondary school teachers to return to their duty posts on August 3.

In a statement issued on Friday by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary and Secondary Education, Ronke Soyombo, the teachers are expected to resume with their principals on Monday in preparation for students’ resumption on Tuesday, August 4.

According to the statement, the resumption would enable teachers to assist in the distribution of materials provided by the state government for the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations scheduled to commence on August 17.

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The governor’s aide also appealed to all stakeholders to cooperate with the state government towards ensuring a safe return to schools.

This comes two days after the Federal Government released a comprehensive schedule for various national examinations for exit classes including Junior Secondary School (JSS) 3 and Senior Secondary School (SSS) 3.

The examinations are to hold from August 17 to November 18.

These include the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) for SSS3 students conducted by the National Examination Council (NECO) which will start on October 5 and end on November 18.

Speaking on Wednesday after a series of meetings with chief executives of examination bodies in the country, the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajuiba, said the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) will begin on August 17.

 

Stay At Home For Sallah, Ogun Governor Advises Residents

A file photo of Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun.

 

Ogun State has banned all forms of gathering above 20 persons across the state during and after the Eid-El Kabir festive period as parts of efforts to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Governor Dapo Abiodun announced the news on Wednesday as he urged Muslim faithful to observe their individual prayers at home.

The Governor also set August 14 as a tentative date for the re-opening of religious centres across the state.

 

Final year secondary school students in the state are expected to resume on August 4.

“I understand that Eid-el-Kabir (called Ileya) will be on Friday, 31st July, 2020, but the COVID-19 circumstances will, unfortunately, deter the usual Eid prayers, partying or any other form of gathering of more than 20 persons at a time,” the Governor said while congratulating the Chief Imam of Egbaland, Sheikh Sa’addallah Alade Bamigbola, who made a courtesy visit to Abiodun’s office in Oke-Mosan.

“I thank the entire Muslim Ummah for their thoughtfulness and cooperation as we observe this year’s prayers solemnly and at home with our individual families,” Abiodun added.

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Ogun state has recorded 1,336 cases of the novel coronavirus and 23 deaths, as of Wednesday evening.

 

Police Arrest Five Suspected Robbers In Ogun

A file photo of a police van.

 

The police in Ogun State have arrested five armed robbery suspects said to be terrorising Osiele community and its environments.

In a statement issued on Monday by the State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, the suspects and their herbalist were all arrested following information received by operatives of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Oyeyemi said the officer in charge of SARS, Tijani Muhammed, led his men to the area and cordoned off their hideout at Odeda area of the state.

“At the end of the operation, four members of the gang were apprehended. Their arrest led to the arrest of their herbalist who they claimed is their godfather that used to fortify them spiritually whenever they are going out for operation and also used to initiate new members into their fold,” he said

Items recovered from them include one double-barrel locally made short gun, one battle axe, two knives and assorted dangerous charms.

Reacting to the incident, the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, ordered a full-scale investigation into the activities of the suspects with the view to prosecuting them diligently.

Four Killed, Two Injured As Car Plunges Into River In Ogun

A map of Ogun, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

Four persons have been killed with two others injured when a car plunged into a river in Ogun State.

Confirming the incident to Channels Television, officials of the State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement said the accident occurred at the Ososa Bridge along the Ijebu Ode-Benin expressway.

According to the state traffic outfit, the vehicle was coming from Ijebu-Ode inbound Sagamu when the passengers lost their lives.

It was gathered that driver of the car was on top speed when it suddenly lost control and plunged into the river.

The Public Relations Officer of the agency, Babatunde Akinbiyi said that the accident was caused by over speeding.

“In all, six occupants were in the vehicle including the driver, a female and five males which is against the COVID 19-guidelines and protocols,” he said.

He however said those injured in the accident have been taken to the Ijebu Ode General Hospital for medical attention, adding that the corpses of the victims have been deposited in the morgue.

While commiserating with the families of the deceased, Akinbiyi asked drivers to exercise caution and avoid excessive speed, especially during the rainy season.

Police Shoot Suspected Kidnapper In Ogun, Rescue Victims

A file photo of a police van.

 

The police in Ogun State have shot dead a suspected kidnapper in the Sagamu area of the state.

Operatives of the State Police Command also rescued two persons said to have been held hostage along the Sagamu-Ijebu-Ode road.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed this in a statement issued on Wednesday.

Oyeyemi explained that the incident happened when the Divisional Police Officer of Sagamu Station, Okiki Agunbiade, was on routine patrol with his men and sighted a Sienna bus with registration number MUS 86 FN.

The police spokesman noted that the suspicious look of the occupants attracted the attention of the policemen who quickly stopped the vehicle.

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“Instead of the driver to stop, he sped off towards Ijebu-Ode road consequent upon which the DPO ordered his men to chase them. Having realized that they are being pursued, the men in the car started firing at the policemen while on the move and the policemen fired back.

“They later jumped down, abandoned the car and ran into the bush while the policemen chased them into the bush and shot one of them dead while others escaped with gunshot injuries,” the statement partly read.

Following the development, the police personnel brought out the two victims unhurt.

The kidnap victims comprise a youth corps member, Okoroji Agnes attached to Federal Girls College Sagamu and one Tawa Sosanwo.

Recovered from the kidnappers’ vehicle are one black toy gun, one gold wristwatch, One Samsung Galaxy S7 phone, one cutlass, and one black wristwatch.

Reacting to the development, the Commissioner of police in the state, Kenneth Ebrimson, vowed to track down the fleeing members of the gang.

While assuring the residents of the state that the police will arrest them within the shortest possible time, the Commissioner appealed to members of the public especially hospitals to report anyone seen with gunshots injury.

59-Year-Old Pastor Arrested For Raping Minor In Ogun

In this photo released by the Ogun State Police Command on July 14, 2020, Abiodun who was accused of raping a minor is detained at the police station in Odeda.

 

Police have arrested a 59-year-old suspect, Oketokun Abiodun, for raping a 10-year-old girl in Ogun State.

According to a statement from the state police command on Tuesday, Abiodun is the pastor of Light Christian Church in the Odeda area of the state.

He was said to have been arrested on July 10, 2020, by men of Ogun State Police Command for forcefully having unlawful carnal knowledge of the minor.

The suspect was arrested following a complaint by the father of the victim who reported at the police station in Odeda.

Abiodun, according to the girl’s father, saw the victim playing with other children and called her to fetch his key from his room.

A map of Ogun, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

“While the innocent girl was going into the room, the pastor followed her behind, pushed her into the bed, covered her mouth with his hands, and forcefully had carnal knowledge of her.

“Upon the report, the DPO Odeda Division, CSP Ajayi Williams, detailed his detectives to the scene where the randy pastor was promptly arrested,” said the statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi.

It added, “On interrogation, the pastor owned up to the commission of the crime and he is currently being detained at Odeda Police Station, while the victim has been taken to the General Hospital Odeda, for medical attention.”

In his reaction, the Commissioner of Police in Ogun, Kenneth Ebrimson, ordered the transfer of the suspect to the Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, for further investigation and prosecution.

Over 300 Sacks Laden With Petrol Intercepted In Ogun

 

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has intercepted over 300 sacks of Petroleum Motor Spirit in Ogun State.

Channels Television learnt that the petrol products were said to have been siphoned from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Right of Way, along Ganwun in Wawa, Ifo Local Government Area of the state by vandals.

Confirming the incident, NSCDC Commandant in the state, Ahmed Abodunrin said the over 300 sacks, with a volume of approximately 100 litres per sack, was found afloat on Ogun River waters.

According to him, the discovery was made possible after a distress call received by the anti-vandal unit of the corps.

While reiterating the willingness of the Corps to maintain 24-hour monitoring and surveillance of the NNPC Right of Way in the state, Abodunrin warned unrepentant vandals to steer clear of the pipelines to avoid facing the full wrath of the law.

He noted that items recovered from the scene include a white Ford bus with registration number Lagos, KTU 607 XK and jerry can with petroleum products.

Although the vandals are at large, the state commandant promised a thorough investigation to unravel the perpetrators of the crime.

He, however, solicited for more collaboration with sister agencies and members of the public to save the country from wanton destruction of public assets.

Reopen Churches For God’s Sake, CAN Tells Lagos, Ogun, Others

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(FILE) Christians gather to pray in Abuja on June 7, 2020. Photos: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV

 

 

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called on authorities in Lagos, Ogun, and other states where churches are still on lockdown to permit the resumption of activities in places of worship.

CAN President, Reverend Samson Ayokunle, made the call in a statement on Tuesday by his Special Assistant on Media and Communications, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji.

He believes the continued lockdown order on the places of worship in the country is no longer acceptable and cannot be reasonably justified.

“Despite the directive given by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 with regards to the reopening of places of worship nationwide, some states like Lagos and Ogun are yet to allow worship places, especially churches, to be reopened. What sin have the places of worship committed?” he questioned.

Ayokunle added, “CAN appeals to the Lagos, Ogun and other state governments where churches are still under lockdown to relax it for God’s sake.

“As much as we believe that COVID-19 deserves attention, it is our belief that the affected state governments would not turn a deaf ear to our quest but allow worship to return to places of worship.”

He noted that the leadership of CAN at all levels had agreed with the government on the need to close down places of worship, economy, schools, and every other facet of life following the sudden emergence of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The CAN President, however, said with the reopening of the economy, especially the markets – both organised and the unorganised markets – along with the plan to reopen airports and schools, the closure of churches anywhere in the country was no longer tenable and acceptable.

He queried, “In what way are the opened and roadside markets more organised than the church which warranted their opening; is it not our members in the places of worship that do go to markets and other sectors opened?

“Why are they allowed to go to markets and disallowed from going to places of worship; is it because the marketers cannot contract the virus in the markets and airports?”

According to Ayokunle, it is the opinion of the Christian body that while the government and other relevant stakeholders are working hard to get a cure for COVID-19, the church too has a role to play by seeking divine solutions as well.

Ogun Govt Extends Ease Of Lockdown By Two Weeks

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun

 

The Ogun State Government has extended the ease of COVID-19 lockdown in the state by two weeks.

According to the government, guidelines will continue to be reviewed and modified in response to data from the field and expert opinions.

This was disclosed in a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Dapo Abiodun, Kunle Somorin on Friday.

While noting that schools in the state are to remain shut, the governor’s spokesman explained that the state government will “engage all stakeholders, public and private to develop modalities for a safe reopening of schools, especially to allow certificate classes to resume and write their examinations.”

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“To date, the total number of 4,072 people have been tested out of which 898 tested positive. Amongst the positive cases, 609 have been successfully treated and discharged.

“Sadly, there have been a total of 19 deaths with 270 active cases. One of our border Local Governments is one of the Local Governments with the highest number of cases in the country because of the level of testing,” the statement partly read.

The state government also vowed to monitor the recent lifting of the ban on interstate travels by the Federal Government to determine its impact on the COVID-19 situation, stressing that it “will not hesitate to make appropriate adjustment, in consultation with the Federal Government.”

Meanwhile, existing restriction put in place by the state government to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease in the state still remains in place.

 

NAFDAC Officials Disrupt Unveiling Of COVID-19 Herbal Syrup In Ogun

 

Officials of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) have reportedly disrupted the unveiling of an anti-COVID-19 herbal syrup in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

A herbal medicine practitioner, Paul Oni, was said to have planned to unveil the syrup at a briefing on Thursday at the Centenary Hall in the Ake axis of the state capital.

The programme was later reported to have been stopped by the NAFDAC officials who stormed the venue in company with some policemen and operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).

Channels Television gathered that the officials later led Oni to his factory where he planned to produce the herb and sealed the facility after inspecting it.

Briefing reporters after the factory was sealed, Oni decried the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country.

He also lamented what he called outrageous approval levies by NAFDAC, saying he could not afford the outrageous cost of approval and clinical trials.

“The normal cost that you will incur in going through the NAFDAC process is about N600,000 which does not include the clinical trials of N1.5 million.

“So, when I saw the cost, I concluded that I should seek help through a press conference. I am sure this herb can help people that have contracted COVID-19,” he said.

The herbal medicine practitioner, who denied bypassing the agency’s procedures, explained that the programme was meant to seek partnership and support, as well as raise for a fund for the product to undergo the proper processes and certification.

He explained that he only produced a few quantities of the syrup to showcase to journalists and not in large quantity for sale.

Oni insisted that the herb was ‘anti-viral and anti-malignant’ and capable of curing COVID-19.

He alleged that all efforts to secure the support of the Minister of Health and other major stakeholders have not yielded positive results.

“Maybe through that, people will come to help me. NAFDAC will come to help me and give me a waiver; the Nigeria Institute for Medical Research will hear what I have said about them and they will come and assist me.

“This was the purpose of the press conference; I have not produced the Oxibiotics for sale. I just have a couple of bottles that I want to show NAFDAC and to the Nigeria Institute for Medical Research, as samples,” he stated.

Oni, however, said he remained undeterred by the action of the agency and promised to ensure that the product saw the light of the day.

Meanwhile, an official of the agency said that the programme was stopped because the product had not been certified scientifically.

He said, “The producer is a client. He knows the procedures having secured NAFDAC number for some of his products on two different occasions.

“But this product, in particular, has not passed through the NAFDAC processes. Besides, he did breach advertisement control policy by advertising the product.”