Minister of state for health, Dr Olurunnimbe Mamora, on Monday, March 30 disclosed that it costs the Nigerian government about N10,000 to conduct a COVID-19 test on one individual.
Mamora, a graduate of medicine and surgery from the University of Ife, stated that the testing method by the government is the World Health Organization (WHO) validated Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) which produces an accurate result.
Mamora made the comment while speaking to journalists in Abuja, the Nigerian capital.
He said the government was, however, not worried about the cost but the accuracy of the result, hence the insistence on real-time PCR equipment.
The minister maintained that the use of Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) kits has not been approved in Nigeria because the WHO has not validated it.
His words: “I don’t have the exact figure but I was meant to understand that it costs about N10,000 or thereabout to run the test. I am not too sure about the figure.
“But even if at N10,000, you can just imagine the huge financial involvement given the number of people that want to be tested.