The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has revealed that it does not give results of COVID-19 tests to individuals but they are sent to state governments.
Dokpesi had complained that he was discharged having earlier contracted COVID-19, without seeing results of tests conducted by the agency.
He said he was not given any documentary evidence of his status, and that he had to take it in good faith that he was COVID-19 positive.
“Whilst I can attest to my improvement in physical health and wellbeing, I regret to say that since my initial test to date, I have never seen any documentary evidence of any test result,” he stated.
“I take it in trust and good faith that the NCDC pronounced me COVID-19 positive and that they have now also pronounced me COVID-negative. I will appreciate it if the documentary records of the various tests on me and members of my family are made available for our medical records,” Dokpesi said after recovering from COVID-19.
But reacting in a post on its Twitter page, the NCDC stated that communication of test result was only coordinated from laboratories to states.
“It is important to emphasise that the NCDC does not provide results to individuals,” it said.
“Our role as the national public health institute is to coordinate the communication of results between testing laboratories and States, who then communicate with individuals.”