Lagos Biobank, a virtual platform advanced via the Lagos State Govt to fulfill the expanding call for for COVID-19 checking out following the decentralisation of checking out within the state, has treated greater than 5,000 requests from folks since inception.
Supported via Sterling Financial institution %, the Lagos Biobank platform was once introduced via the state authorities to verify equitable get admission to, speeded up checking out and advanced case control for all within the state in a bid to harmonise knowledge from private and non-private checking out centres within the state whilst additionally regulating the billing of sufferers paying for his or her assessments.
Talking at the initiative, Commissioner for Well being, Professor Akin Abayomi stated, “You will need to iterate that the Lagos State Govt, in the course of the Lagos Biobank, nonetheless makes steered and dependable Covid-19 assessments out there to citizens for free of charge for the general public well being emergency reaction.”
In step with him, all different teams who would need to check and don’t are compatible into the case definition comparable to company teams, returnees, circle of relatives and particular person can e book appointments for pattern assortment and pay for the check by means of the virtual platform and they’d be assigned to one of the most non-public laboratories.
He stated they might additionally have the ability of opting for their most well-liked laboratories and that a regular charge can be charged thru on-line fee or financial institution switch for assessments at the platform, regardless of the non-public checking out centre.
The commissioner defined that the platform gets rid of the overbilling of electorate in search of to grasp their Covid-19 standing thru authorities authorised non-public labs.
He confident that Lagos State will stay a regulator within the procedure of personal checking out via the laboratories and won’t partake within the non-public checking out of teams that don’t meet the case definition however can be liable for knowledge control and coverage following the federal government’s strict insurance policies on knowledge governance, which is one in every of its core purposes as a regulator.
Obinna Ukachukwu, Divisional Head, Well being and Training Sectors with Sterling Financial institution, stated, “We’re overjoyed to toughen the Lagos State Govt to ship the Lagos Biobank platform which is accelerating Covid-19 checking out for Lagos citizens, and relieving the load at the public well being infrastructure within the state.
“This initiative, which expands the Covid-19 reaction capability in Nigeria’s maximum populous state, has advanced checking out capability, id of lively infections, case control and phone tracing.”
In step with him, the non-public Covid-19 checking out technique in Lagos State the usage of a community of authorised diagnostic centres is a sustainable style that are meant to be followed national.
“Lagos has confirmed that Covid-19 checking out can also be decentralised with toughen from non-public sector companions the usage of standardised strategies for pattern assortment and speeded up analysis. The usage of generation, the Lagos Biobank is making sure equitable get admission to to checking out and clear fees for all. This is a style that will have to be followed national,” Ukachukwu stated.
The platform is powered via a community of government-approved non-public diagnostic laboratories within the state. They’re Medbury Scientific Services and products, SYNLAB, 54gene, BIOLOGIX, Clinalancet, O2 Scientific Services and products, Clinix Healthcare, Afriglobal Medicare, Reddington Zaine Laboratory and VCare Diagnostics Restricted.
For offering the virtual platform which manages the operational processes of the Lagos Biobank community from end-to-end, Sterling Financial institution was once appointed the fund/procedure management spouse.
The financial institution is saddled with the duty of managing invoicing, collections and distribution of bills to the diagnostic labs at the community.