Private laboratories in Nigeria can now conduct COVID-19 tests with the support of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Director-General of the Centre, Chikwe Ihekweazu, announced this on Monday during the presidential task force briefing in Abuja.
Ihekweazu said guidelines will be issued to the private labs on the best way to conduct the tests.
“We have now come up with guidelines for integrating the private sector into COVID-19 testing,” Ihekweazu said.
“So, every private sector lab that wants to join can pick up the COVID-19 testing guidelines that we will upload on our website tonight, look through it and define what they need to do and we will support them through that process.
“This is one bit of the changes we continue to make in our response to the pandemic.”