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Covid-19: Lagos Biobank handles over 5,000 private testing requests

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Lagos Biobank, a digital platform developed by the Lagos State Government to meet the increasing demand for Covid-19 testing following the decentralisation of testing in the state, has handled more than 5,000 requests from individuals since inception.


Supported by Sterling Bank Plc, the Lagos Biobank platform was launched by the state government to ensure equitable access, accelerated testing and improved case management for all in the state in a bid to harmonise data from public and private testing centres in the state while also regulating the billing of patients paying for their tests.  

Speaking on the initiative, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi said, “It is important to iterate that the Lagos State Government, through the Lagos Biobank, still makes prompt and reliable Covid-19 tests accessible to residents at no cost for the public health emergency response.”
According to him, all other groups who would want to test and do not fit into the case definition such as corporate groups, returnees, family and individual can book appointments for sample collection and pay for the test via the digital platform and they would be assigned to one of the private laboratories.
He said they would also have the option of choosing their preferred laboratories and that a standard fee would be charged through online payment or bank transfer for tests on the platform, irrespective of the private testing centre.
The commissioner said the platform eliminates the overbilling of citizens seeking to know their Covid-19 status through government approved private labs. He said Lagos State will remain a regulator in the process of private testing by the laboratories and will not partake in the private testing of groups that do not meet the case definition but would be responsible for data management and protection following the government’s strict policies on data governance, which is one of its core functions as a regulator.
Also commenting on the initiative, Obinna Ukachukwu, Divisional Head, Health and Education Sectors with Sterling Bank, said, “We are delighted to support the Lagos State Government to deliver the Lagos Biobank platform which is accelerating Covid-19 testing for Lagos residents, and relieving the burden on the public health infrastructure in the state.  
“This initiative, which expands the Covid-19 response capacity in Nigeria’s most populous state, has improved testing capacity, identification of active infections, case management and contact tracing.”

According to him, the private Covid-19 testing strategy in Lagos State using a network of approved diagnostic centres is a sustainable model that should be adopted nationwide. 

“Lagos has proven that Covid-19 testing can be decentralised with support from private sector partners using standardised methods for sample collection and accelerated diagnosis. Using technology, the Lagos Biobank is ensuring equitable access to testing and transparent charges for all. It is a model that must be adopted nationwide,” Ukachukwu said. 
The platform is powered by a network of government-approved private diagnostic laboratories in the state. They are Medbury Medical Services, SYNLAB, 54gene, BIOLOGIX, Clinalancet, O2 Medical Services, Clinix Healthcare, Afriglobal Medicare, Reddington Zaine Laboratory and VCare Diagnostics Limited.
For providing the digital platform which manages the operational processes of the Lagos Biobank network from end-to-end, Sterling Bank was appointed the fund/process administration partner. The bank is saddled with the responsibility of managing invoicing, collections and distribution of payments to the diagnostic labs on the network.  

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Celebrating Father’s Day and Honouring Their Vital Roles

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Celebrating Father's Day and Honouring Their Vital Roles

Celebrating Father’s Day and Honouring Their Vital Roles

 

As we celebrate Father’s Day today, I extend my heartfelt greetings to all fathers in Ogun West Senatorial District, Ogun State, and across our great nation, Nigeria. This special day provides us with a unique opportunity to acknowledge and honour the profound impact that fathers have on our society and within our homes.

 

 

Celebrating Father's Day and Honouring Their Vital Roles

Fathers are the bedrock of the family unit. They provide guidance, support, and unwavering love, helping to shape the values and character of their children. The role of a father is multifaceted, encompassing being a provider, protector, mentor, and friend. It is through their daily sacrifices and commitments that the next generation is nurtured to become responsible and productive members of society.

In addition to their critical roles within the home, fathers are also indispensable to the development of our nation. They contribute significantly to various sectors, driving economic growth, fostering community development, and participating actively in civic duties. Their dedication and hard work are instrumental in building a stronger, more resilient society.

On this Father’s Day, I commend all fathers for their tireless efforts and steadfast dedication. Your contributions to family and nation-building do not go unnoticed. As we celebrate you today, let us also reaffirm our collective support for policies and initiatives that empower fathers to continue fulfilling their crucial roles effectively.

May God bless all fathers with good health, wisdom, and strength as they continue to lead their families and contribute to our nation’s progress.

Happy Father’s Day!

Signed:

SENATOR (DR.)
AREMO SOLOMON
OLAMILEKAN
ADEOLA-YAYI
CON, FCTI, FCA, FFPI,
Senator, Ogun West Senatorial District & Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriations
Aremo of Yewaland

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CAPT TUKUR BURATAI Jnr FELICITATES WITH GOVERNOR ZULUM AND THE PEOPLE OF BORNO STATE ON EID-AL-ADHA

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CAPT TUKUR BURATAI Jnr FELICITATES WITH GOVERNOR ZULUM AND THE PEOPLE OF BORNO STATE ON EID-AL-ADHA

 

 

In a heartfelt message, Capt Tukur Tukur Buratai extended his warm wishes to Governor Babagana Ummara Zulum and the residents of Borno State on the occasion of Eid-al-Adha. Capt Tukur Buratai emphasized the significance of the festive season as a time for prayer, reflection, and unity.

 

 

 

Capt Tukur Buratai who  is the son of Lt. Gen. TY Buratai urged the Muslim Umma to use this auspicious occasion to pray for peace, unity, and continued development in Borno State and across Nigeria. He stressed the importance of coming together as a nation to promote harmony and progress in the region.

 

 

Capt Tukur’s message resonated with many, who echoed his sentiments of hope and solidarity during this challenging time. His call for unity and cooperation serves as a reminder of the strength that can be found in coming together as a nation.

As the Eid-al-Adha celebrations continue, Capt Tukur Buratai’s message serves as a beacon of hope and inspiration for the people of Borno State. It is a reminder of the power of unity and prayer in overcoming challenges and achieving progress.

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Ogun Commissioner Engr. Oludotun Wishes Muslims a Joyous Eid-El-Kabir

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Ogun Commissioner Engr. Oludotun Wishes Muslims a Joyous Eid-El-Kabir

Ogun Commissioner Engr. Oludotun Wishes Muslims a Joyous Eid-El-Kabir

 

The Ogun State Commissioner for Forestry, Engr. Oludotun Taiwo, has extended his warmest felicitations to the Muslim community in the state and beyond as they celebrate Eid-El-Kabir.

 

 

 

 

In a statement, Engr. Taiwo praised the resilience and dedication of Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan, urging them to continue upholding the values of peace, love, and compassion.

 

 

Ogun Commissioner Engr. Oludotun Wishes Muslims a Joyous Eid-El-Kabir

Engr. Oludotun called for unity and harmony among all Nigerians, regardless of religious beliefs, and prayed for peace and prosperity in the country.

Oludotun’s greetings were echoed by other state officials and religious leaders, who joined in celebrating the joyous occasion.

The Commissioner also urged Muslims, especially in his constituency, to embrace the peace and stability exemplified by Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

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