Covid-19 Testing Centres – Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) is a highly infectious disease that has led to various degrees of lockdown all over the world. Fever, cough and difficulty in breathing are the basic symptoms of the disease. We are all enjoined not to seek regular medical attention when we observe the above symptoms. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), established in 2011, in response to the challenges of public health emergencies, has set up testing centres, equipped with the necessary medical gadgets to test people who are likely to have contacted the disease.
Dr Osagie Ehanire, the Federal Minister of Health, through the NCDC, currently has accredited fifteen (15) testing centres for the Covid-19 disease. These centres are –
- Usman Danfodio University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto state.
- Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna state.
- DNA Lab, Kaduna state.
- University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Maiduguri, Borno state.
- The National Reference Laboratory, Gaduwa, Abuja, FCT
- The Defence Reference Laboratory, Mogadishu, Abuja, FCT
- Nigeria Centre for Disease Control Virology Laboratory at Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Lagos.
- The Lagos Biosafety Level 3 Laboratory, Lagos.
- The Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, Lagos.
- Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Edo state.
- Virology Laboratory of the University Teaching Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo state.
- Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki, Ebonyi state.
- Africa Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases, Osun state.
- Nigeria Veterinary Research Institute, Vom, Plateau state
- Malam Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano state.
Two additional centres are in progress in Ogun State and Port-Harcourt, Rivers state.
As a result of the large number of cases recorded in Lagos daily, the state government has set up 27 mini testing sites in the twenty local government areas that make up the state. It is worthy of note that these centres attend to patients simply on an appointment basis and they do not attend to emergency cases. They are:
- Wright Memorial Public Health Centre, Emmanuel Street, Somolu.
- Ifako Mini-Stadium, College Road, Ifako Ijaiye
- Ojo Public Health Centre, Rest House, Ojo
- Ikota Primary School, Lekki-Epe Expressway, Eti-Osa
- Surulere LOCAL council Secretariat, 24, Alhaji Masha Road, Surulere
- Ogudu Area Office, by Ogudu Roundabout, Ogudu Road, Kosofe
- Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area Secretariat, 41 Road, Festac Town, Amuwo Odofin
- Ita Elewa Public Health Centre Oriwu Road, Ikorodu
- Igbogbo Public Health Centre, 32 Bola Ahmed Way, Igbogbo Ikorodu
- Igbaidugaran Public Health Centre, 151/152 Adeniji Adele Road, Lagos Island
- Epe Public Health Centre, Epe/Ijebu-Ode Expressway by Old Oba’s Palace, Epe
- Simpson Public Health Centre, 1 Glover Road by Simpson Street, Ebutte Metta, Lagos Mainland
- Akere Public Health Centre, 106 Baale Street, Oluwaakere, Akeromi Ifelodun
- Awoyaya Mayfair Estate Beside First Bank, Ibeju Lekki
- Apapa Iganmu Local Government Development Area Secretariat, 41 Gaskiya Road, Badia Apapa
- Bola Ahmed Tinubu Public Health Centre, Vulcaniser Bus-stop, Egbeda Alimosho
- Ipaja Mini Stadium, Fela Field, Ipaja Alimosho
- Rauf Aregbesola Public Health Centre, 1 Powerline Road, Mosan Okunola, Alimosho
- Meiran Public Health Centre, 1 Meiran Road, Alimosho
- Ijegun Public Health Centre, 30 Kudeyibu Street, Transformer Bus-stop, Old Isolo Road, Ijegun Along Ejigbi Road, Alimosho
- Helen Aderonke Public Health Centre Olorun Funmi Primary School, OPC Junction, Idimu Bus-stop
- Ajibulu Public Health Centre, 1 Ajibulu Street, Mafoluku Oshodi, Oshodi-Isolo
- Ikeja Local Government Area, 2/3 Obafemi Awolowo Way, Ikeja
- Sango Public Health Centre, 2 Balogun Street, Pen Cinema, Agege
- Ajara Flagship Health Centre, 1 Wande Street, Opposite 100 Shops, Ajara Badagry
- Isolo Road Public Health Centre, Isolo Road Near Zone D Police Command, Mushin
- Odi-Olowo Local Council Development Area Secretariat, Ilupeju, Mushin
A lot more of these centres are still being accredited and approved by the government. Do not forget to wash your hands, maintain reasonable physical and social distancing, use your face masks and regularly sanitize your environment.