The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, (NCDC) says it acknowledges the expressed concerns of Nigerians regarding the Nigeria International Travel Portal (NITP), COVID-19 testing pre- and post- arrival in Nigeria.
The Centre in a statement said it liked to clarify some of the concerns stating that “The NITP was developed by the private sector and is managed by Nigerians in the public sector as one of several measures introduced to limit the risk of importation and spread of COVID-19 in our country.
“Despite challenges in the functionalities of the site, mostly related to payments using foreign cards, we have continued to work extremely hard on its improvement.
“While the NITP site is hosted on NCDC’s domain, all funds for testing purposes are paid through the bank to the accredited private laboratories. NO FUNDS from private testing are received by NCDC”, the statement read in part.
The statement further stated that “COVID-19 testing in government laboratories remains free of charge for public health purposes. Testing for personal purposes such as travel are paid for by individuals to be conducted in private laboratories.
The current travel advisory and public health safety measures are under review by the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 and will be updated shortly. In the meantime, the NCDC continues to deliver on its mandate, including strong response to COVID-19 and other concurrent disease outbreaks in Nigeria.”