The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control said COVID-tests conducted in facilities within its molecular laboratory network were free.
The centre made its position known in a message posted on its Twitter handle, @NCDCgov.
The clarification came at a time some parents of pupils in private secondary schools in Ogun State protested the request of N25,000 COVID-19 test fee by the government.
They were said to have protested at the MTR Specialist Hospital, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the designated place for the pupils in Abeokuta to get tested.
But the NCDC listed 61 laboratories nationwide as those who are currently within the network where such tests could be conducted free.
The message read, “Scale up of testing is key in assessing the COVID-19 Nigeria situation and coordinating response across the country.
The centre listed the laboratories to include two at the State Specialist Hospital, Amachara in Abia State; Federal Medical Centre, Yola, Adamawa; Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, Akwa Ibom State; Accunalysis Medical Diagnostics, Anambra; COOUTH Awka Abbott Laboratory; Bauchi State Reference Laboratory, Bauchi; Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital; 161 AHM Laboratory, Benue; and University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Borno.
Others are Lawrence Henshaw Memorial, Calabar, Cross Rivers; UCTH Laboratory; Delta Mobile Laboratory, Delta; Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital, Ebonyi; Irua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Edo; University of Benin Teaching Hospital; Edo Specialist Hospital, Benin; Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado- Ekiti; University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital Laboratory; and University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital Molecular Virology Laboratory.
In Lagos, there are Virology Lagos University Teaching Hospital; Nigeria Institute for Medical Research; Biosafety Level-3 Laboratory; 54gene Lagos; and the NCDC Central Public Health Laboratory.
In Kano, there are Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital; 54gene Kano; International Foundation Against Infectious Diseases in Nigeria; EHAlab Kano; and Bayero University, Kano.