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Nigerian hospitals not offering free DNA tests

Claim: A Facebook post quoted the Health Minister to have said that government hospitals across the country would be offering free deoxyribonucleic acid test, also known as DNA test, to interested Nigerians from June, 2022. 

The post  is false as the minister of state for health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, debunked the rumour, saying it did not emanate from the government. 

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A Facebook User shared a post that the Federal Government has announced that it would begin free DNA tests for Nigerians from June 2022. The post quoted the Health Minister to have made the claim. 

The claim, which has since generated a lot of reactions and has enjoyed wide circulation on social media was captioned, ‘BREAKING: Govt Hospitals in Nigeria Will Be Offering FREE DNA TEST from the Month of June, 2022. – Health Minister.’ 

The post claiming government hospitals would be offering free DNA tests 

The claim is coming at a time many Nigerians are calling for a reduction in the price of DNA paternity tests. Recently, there have been reports and discussions in Nigeria over the increase in paternity fraud. 

Celebrities, politicians and many Nigerians were reportedly involved in paternity fraud, and this has led to the increase in DNA testing across the country. 

According to the Cleveland Clinic, DNA is the genetic material you inherit from your mother and father. The DNA paternity test is nearly 100% accurate at determining whether a man is another person’s biological father.

DNA paternity tests are unraveling a lot of buried family secrets. Keeping family secrets isn’t as easy as it used to be and just one DNA test could change everything for better or for worse.

Taking advantage of the situation, the Facebook User shared the post that the government would soon be offering DNA tests free. 

Reading through comments on the post, Dubawa observed that many people believed the post, as some even noted that free DNA paternity tests would cause ‘problems’ in many marriages. 

A Facebook user, Oduh Omada commented, “This is good News. I pity those wey no resemble their Papa or mama.” 

Another user, Idoko Omoba Vicktor, wrote,  “Hmmmmm, there will be plenty of wrong results I promise you, confusion go dey everywhere.” 

Bauxy Pete Abah stressed, “Seriously 😂

Welcome to the season of infidelity outburst. Broken homes loading…..30%” 

Verification 

When Dubawa searched the internet, it was discovered that there was no news report, statement or press release about free DNA tests in government hospitals credited to either the Minister for Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, or minister of state for health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora. 

It was discovered that Nigerian health officials also refute the rumours in a report by National dailies like Punch and Daily Independent. 

Reading through the report published by Punch, Dubawa discovered that the Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunmimbe Mamora debunked while speaking with the news organisation the news about free DNA tests for Nigerians.

The minister was quoted to have said, “This is a false claim. At no point did I or the minister say this. The claims about free DNA tests are not true.”

Conclusion 

The post  is false as the minister of state for health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, has confirmed that the claim did not emanate from the government. 

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