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Lagos govt. deploys technology to forestall fake Covid-19 PCR test results

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The Lagos State Government (LASG) today announced the deployment of a digital platform to validate the authenticity of Covid-19 PCR tests carried out within the Private Laboratory Consortium an all the State Public laboratories for outbound flights.

The deployment of the digital platform is coming on the heels of widespread falsification of Covid-19 PCR test results by a cartel within the health sector.

The government, according to a statement, said the new platform can be accessed through an App and the use of Unstructured Supplementary Service Data-codes, popularly known as USSD.

The USSD option, according to the statement, is available on all networks in Nigeria, and 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 dialling *35131*19# on the 9mobile network and *55500*19# on all other networks and following the onscreen prompts to verify results.

The statement said the first 30,000 result verification will be free, courtesy of the Lagos State Government while subsequent verification will attract N50 per usage for the user/client.

The statement partly reads, ‘’The Lagos State COVID-19 Result Verification App can be downloaded through Google Store, Apple Store or directly through the internet, using the link https://appsenjoy.com/ZZXaP. 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.

’The App version can be used and accessed within and outside of Nigeria but unlike the USSD, does not require a Nigerian Telecommunications Network. It is available once it is downloaded and the internet is available. It is noteworthy to mention that verification through the App is free at all times.

‘’The process can be used by all clients who require the validation of COVID-19 PCR results, such as Airports, Airlines, Work-related processes and passengers themselves. The Lagos State Government would also be placing personnel at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport to assist in the verification process of the COVID-19 PCR results for all outbound passengers.’

The Lagos State Government said that it continues to frown at the falsification of Covid-19 PCR test results, warning that anyone caught in this illegal practice will be prosecuted.

The State Government also said that it will continue to strengthen its response against this pandemic to protect the lives and livelihood of all Lagosians and residents.

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