How Health Officials Extort Travellers Over COVID-19 Tests

There is a growing concern over the activities of health officials at Nigerian airports, forcing travellers to the country to pay for COVID-19 tests despite being fully vaccinated.

The affected travellers said that despite having full COVID-19 vaccination certificates, health officials at the airports would tell them that their vaccination details were either partially uploaded  or not uploaded at all  on the online portal, and so, do not allow them to leave the airport without paying for “COVID-19 tests.”

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) is in charge of COVID-19 vaccination in the country.

The aggrieved travellers queried why they should be made to bear the brunt of mistakes on the part of officials of federal, state and local government primary health care development agencies, as well as health centres that did not upload their details.

Many Nigerians are also wondering why the federal government is persuading people to receive COVID-19 jabs for free but forcing them to pay tens of thousands for Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19.

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