A medical laboratory in Abuja has been sealed off by the federal government for issuing fake COVID-19 results to international travelers.
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. Most people who fall sick with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate symptoms and recover without special treatment.
Over 107 million cases of the disease has been confirmed worldwide with over 2 million deaths recorded. Various big pharma have come up with vaccines to protect people from the virus.
The sealing of the lab was made known by the Director-General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, at the weekly press briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja.
He said the development followed an investigation conducted by the government after a media report last year revealed underhand dealings of some laboratories issuing fake results after collecting N25,000 from travelers.
Ihekweazu said based on that report, an investigation was conducted and the affected laboratory was sealed with the assistance of the Federal Capital Territory Authority.