The Lagos State Government has unveiled a verification platform to validate the authenticity of COVID-19 PCR tests done within the private laboratory consortium and all state public laboratories for outbound flights.
The state Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, in a statement on Sunday said the platform could be accessed through an application and the use of USSD codes.
“The USSD option, which is available on all networks in Nigeria, can also be accessed outside of Nigeria as long as the mobile line is on a Nigerian telecommunications network. The USSD option can be accessed by dialing *35131*19# on the 9mobile network and *55500*19# on all other networks and following the onscreen prompts to verify results. The first 30,000 result verification will be free – courtesy of the Lagos State Government. Subsequent verification will attract N50 per usage for the user/client.
“The Lagos State COVID-19 result verification application can be downloaded through Google Play Apple Play or directly through the internet. It will utilise the laboratory reference number to verify the COVID-19 PCR test, validating the result real-time and passengers can download their result sheets, which can be shown to anyone requiring it,” Abayomi said.
The commissioner added that the mobile application version could be used and accessed within and outside of Nigeria, while the USSD does not require a Nigerian telecommunications network.