The Coronavirus did what many would have never thought possible. For some, everything slowed down, and for others, it came to a complete stop. A lot has changed.
Travelling, for instance, is not the same as before. You now need a COVID-19 PCR test.
Generally speaking, testing in Nigeria is scant even though there are new cases daily. The option to get tested is there through labs that have been approved by the government.
Due to the nature of transmission of COVID-19, there have been many restrictions that have been set up. Travel protocols in Nigeria are different from pre-pandemic times and they are strictly enforced.
If you require a test for travel, you need to use a government-approved lab. If not, results from an unapproved lab will be rejected at the airport.
Getting a swab up your nose, though completely unheard of two years ago, has now become the norm. There are different reasons as to why you may want or need a COVID-19 test. Maybe you feel the symptoms, have been exposed or you need to travel.
If you require a COVID test, you can’t just go anywhere. Here are the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) approved labs to assist in COVID 19 PCR testing.
1. Arrive Alive Diagnostics & Imaging Services (AADIS)
Arrive Alive Diagnostics and Imaging Services has a diagnostic center dedicated for COVID 19 testing. The center has highly advanced equipment that allows for results to be produced faster than it normally takes. AADIS is a lab that HealthTracka works with.
2. DNA Laboratories
The first private lab in Nigeria to be approved by the NCDC (The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control) to carry out Covid-19 testing. They have labs in four other cities; Kano, Kaduna, Port-Harcourt and Abuja.
3. Vcare Diagnostics
A Lagos State accredited and NCDC approved lab for COVID testing. They have drive through collection facilities at VI and Ikeja. Vcare Diagnostics is one of the labs that HealthTracka works with.
4. Afriglobal Medicare
Afriglobal Medicare has NCDC approved centers in Lagos; Ikeja, Victoria Island and Ikorodu. Each center is stocked with state of the art lab equipment. Works with HealthTracka.
5. Mecure healthcare limited
Mecure healthcare limited has dedicated COVID-19 testing facilities at Oshodi and Lekki branches. Results can be received within the same day.
6. Lifecenter Medical Diagnostics
Lifecenter Medical Diagnostics has advanced technology, dependable tests and expert staff. Their facility is government approved and adequately stocked with the necessary equipment.
7. Harley and Rainbow Specialized Laboratories
Harley and Rainbow Laboratories, is approved to offer specialised laboratory tests, including COVID 19 tests to the public and particularly to those traveling. They offer quick and reliable results.
8. The Specialist Laboratories
The Specialist Laboratories provides the quickest turnaround time in Nigeria for COVID 19 PCR Testing. Offering sample collection and COVID 19 testing at dedicated test centers only.
9. Medbury Services Limited
Medbury Services Limited provides tests for oil and gas contractors and international travellers. They have five testing centers in Nigeria.
10. Clina Lancet
Clina Lancet is an accredited lab in Nigeria with a network in 14 African countries. The COVID 19 tests results are guaranteed 24-48hours after sample collection.
On top of being tested at a government-approved lab, you need to consider timing, especially for travel. You will need to have tested negative for the COVID-19 test within 72 hours of your departure day.
The different labs have varying times within which results will be ready.
At HealthTracka, we only strictly work with government-approved labs. If you want to travel, you can book a home test with us here and receive your results the same day via email.