The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has insisted that coronavirus (COVID-19) tests conducted within its molecular laboratories across the country are free.
The NCDC disclosed this on Sunday via its verified Twitter handle.
According to the NCDC, there are 61 facilities located in 30 states across the country and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) that carry out COVID-19 tests free of charge in the interest of the general public.
The agency stated that some of the designated centres 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.
It would be recalled that over the weekend there was 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.
The Ogun State government had mandated the returning students to undertake a malaria and COVID-19 test .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.
The development resulted in a protest in Abeokuta by some parents of private school students over the purported payment of N25,000 for the test.