A group, Coalition Against High Cost of COVID-19 Test in Lagos, has petitioned the Lagos State House of Assembly protesting what it perceives as the high cost of COVID-19 tests in private laboratories in Lagos State.
This was revealed in a statement signed by its Co-Convener, Dotun Atilade, on Friday in Ibadan, Oyo State.
COHCTL is a network of non-governmental organisations and civil society organisations with special interest in the survival and wellbeing of the citizens during COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 era.
“The exorbitant cost has led to the low percentage of tested population so far,” the statement said.
The group called for a timely and swift intervention by the Lagos State House of Assembly to reduce the cost of COVID-19 test in Lagos State.
It said a collaborative independent survey was conducted to appraise the response of government, citizens and the health sector after a year, and that the survey revealed that the high cost of COVID-19 test in private laboratories, inadequate and inaccessible free public testing centres with their inherent inefficiency are major militating factors.
“It is a major militating factor against scientific and well informed response to the global pandemic in the state. Government’s response to COVID-19 has been largely cosmetic,” it noted.
It said that a scientific and data-driven response is lacking, saying without accurate and basic data, government cannot plan nor give informed response to the real impact of the deadly virus on citizens.
It said: “With less than two per cent of the population tested in one year, which reveals at least one in five samples tests positive, where is the comprehensive plan to combat the disease?
“The base figures are not accurate therefore the interventions or solutions will also not be inaccurate.”