Prof. Babatunde Salako

Prof. Babatunde Salako, Director General, Nigeria Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), on Friday appealed to Lagosians to adhere to the institute’s COVID-19 testing process.

NAN reported that the appeal followed the bombarded of the institute’s drive-through testing centre in Yaba, Lagos,
by some individuals who were not invited for COVID-19 test.

Salako said on his verified Twitter handle that only those who meet the criteria to be tested on its website ( would be invited by the institute.

“It is no longer news that scores of Health Care Workers in the front line are getting infected in the course of their duty.

“NIMR has also had its own share; we insist that you must have been invited before coming to our testing centre.

“Please visit our website for appointment. It has been a bit rowdy at our testing centre today. This is because people who were not invited to bombarded the testing centre.

“I appeal to Lagosians who are interested in getting tested to go through our website for appointment,’’ Salako wrote.

The institute was established in 1977 to conduct research on diseases of public health importance in Nigeria. It commenced a free drive-through COVID-19 testing on March 30.