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COVID-19: Lagos decentralises sample collection

As part of measures to further contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus (Covid-19) disease, Lagos State government is decentralising sample collection, by designating places in some local governments for collection of samples from the residents.

The measure, according to a senior official in the state ministry of health, Alausa, Ikeja, is to create proximity that allows residents in localities to simply walk in and have their samples collected for onward transmission to testing centres.

“What the government is trying to do is to create convenience for residents who may have need to test for Covid-19. They do not need to go far; they just need to walk into the sampling collection centres and have their samples collected and taken to the testing centres already created in the 20 local government areas. Health officials will take their samples for test and bring the results back to them,” said the ministry official, who asked for his name not to be printed.

Already, some of the sampling collection centres have begun operation.

One of such centres in Apapa, on Wednesday, invited residents of Apapa to take advantage.

In a public notice that circulated on the social media, officials said: “This is to inform the general public, especially residents and workers in Apapa local government area, of the commencement of sample collections for Covid-19 testing today, September 16, 2020. Venue is the Astroturf Mini Stadium at Caulcrik Road, Apapa, between 9am and 1pm daily. Please tell others so that they can benefit from this laudable gesture.”

Although Nigeria is beginning to record decrease in cases of Covid-19 in recent weeks, Lagos State still remains the country’s epic centre of the virus.

As of Tuesday, September 15, 2020, Lagos had 18,696 confirmed cases from countrywide total of 56,478. Of the 18,696 figure in the state, 15,245 had been discharged, while 3,246 still on admission, and 205 deaths in the state since the outbreak of the disease, according to statistics from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

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