COVID-19: Ministry of Health seals medical laboratory for illegal activity

COVID-19: Ministry of Health seals medical laboratory for illegal activity

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The Lagos State Ministry of Health on Saturday said it has sealed a private medical laboratory conducting COVID-19 tests inside a pharmacy at Banana Island in Ikoyi, Lagos.

The ministry, in a tweet via its Twitter handle, said that the lab; Acouns Medical Laboratory and Diagnostic Centre, situated inside a pharmacy, was carrying out coronavirus tests without required government approval.

It said: “It is illegal to manage COVID-19 cases outside an accredited facility.

“We implore the public not to go for test or treatment in a private facility that has not been accredited by the government.

“It is dangerous, and it might put you at more risk.”

The ministry said that the laboratory was sealed through one of its agencies- Health Facility Monitoring Accreditation Agency (HEFAMAA).

It said that the ministry would continue to do its best to ensure that health facilities in the state adhere strictly to standards that guarantee the health and well-being of Lagos citizens.

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