A reader wants to know the where, how, when, cost, procedures, laboratory or centres that do DNA paternity test in Lagos, Nigeria, UKBA approved DNA test centres in Nigeria.
Goodmorning doctor, please there is a dispute in my family about the biological or real father of one of my cousins. All has not been fine with my sister’s marriage. She was romantically involved with another guy for a long time before she meet and married her present husband within the same year. Anytime she has a misunderstanding with her husband which is normal for couples, her husband always gives her hint that their first child is not his but for her first lover. It is distressing for my sister and she has decided to do something about it by insisting on a DNA paternity test to put a stop to what she called “shame”. The husband has consented to it for his own peace of mind.
Please where can they carry out the paternity test in Lagos or Abuja? How is the procedure like? What is the cost?
……….Emeka from Lagos………….
Thank you for your anticipated reply.
Thank you for writing me. I have received about 10 personal mails from my blog readers in Port Harcourt, Lagos, Calabar, Kaduna, Kano, Abuja, Benin-city, Anambra, and Ibadan enquiring about DNA paternity centres and cost.
I have been doing my research by calling different paternity labs to be sure they do the test and to confirm the cost.
This is what I came up with…..
DNA Paternity testing is an important tool available to prove or disprove a father’s biological relationship to a child. The test uses a DNA profile for each individual (both father and child) and compares the data to determine if there is a genetic match. If the child and potential father genetically match, then he is the biological father. If the data does not match, then he is excluded as the biological father.
Paternity tests can be done be before the child is born or after birth. Tests done for unborn baby is called prenatal DNA paternity testing. Here, the procedure for collecting samples (amnioncentesis and chorionic villus sampling) is invasive and can cause miscarriage. It is also very expensive.
Peternity screening done after birth is the commonest, safest, cheaper, more convenient, and non-invasive.
How is it done?
The testing is performed by collecting buccal cells found on the inside of a person’s cheek using a buccal swab or cheek swab. These swabs have wooden or plastic stick handles with a cotton on synthetic tip. The collector rubs the inside of a person’s cheek to collect as many buccal cells as possible. The buccal cells are then sent to a laboratory for testing. For paternity testing, samples from the alleged father and child would be needed. For maternity testing, samples from the alleged mother and child would be needed.
How Long Does a DNA Paternity Test Result Take?
Most laboratories usually can process results in 2 to 3 days from the time your samples are received. There are also expedited methods to ensure a fast turnaround time if results are needed more urgently, such as for adding a name to a birth certificate, for immigration or court cases.
Paternity Test Centres in Nigeria including cost
There are not much but some labs are just springing up. I am going to put some centres for at least 8 states for now including Lagos and Abuja with their respective price lists.
1. Lynx DNA Laboratory
9b, james oluleye crescent, Off Adeniyi Jones Avenue, Koko busstop beside Eco Bank, Harmony Enclave Estate, Ikeja, Lagos.
Phone: +2348051213073, +2348033121685
Opens Mondays to Friday from 8am to 5pm. They do booking saturday and sunday.
They have branches in Lagos, Calabar and Benin.
Cost: Depends on the type. The one for peace of mind is #110,000 naira and the one for legal tussle or immigration and direct request is #128,000.
2. DNA Centre for Paternity Test Nigeria
Address: Oluwatobi House, 73 Allen Ave, 100281, IkejaPhone: 0705 999 9333
1679 Karimu Kotun Street, Lagos Island, Lagos State
014407904, 0909 864 5089
Cost: #100,000 naira.
3. Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH)
Ishaga Road, Idi-Araba, Lagos, Nigeria.
Phone: 08070591395, 08070591470, +2348070591395 (Corporate), +2348070591472 (CMAC).
COST: #85,000 naira
4. Paternity Test Nigeria
Paternity test Nigeria has centers nationwide where they provide both home service and lab paternity test. What they do is collect your samples wherever you are in the country and send them down to lagos.
Their main office is however at 79 Bamgbose Street, Lagos Island Lagos.
They also do prenatal paternity testing
Cost: #100,000 naira if you visit their lab and #120,000 for home service. Prenatal paternity testing cost is between #250,000 to #300,000 naira.
5. Pathcare/Synlab Laboratories
Very skilled and experienced in the business. Pathcare does paternity test outside lagos, Ibadan, Port-harcourt or Abuja. Pathcare laboratories which recently changed its name to SYNLAB has centers around the country.
They have many branches within Lagos. One of Pathcare offices in Lagos is @ 9A/B Egbeyemi Street, Off Coker Road, Ilupeju, Lagos.
Phone: 0810 460 7655. Please call to know the one closest to you.
Cost: #95,000 to #100,000 naira. Home service is #110,000 naira.
6. Clina-Lancet Laboratories
Clina-Lancet Laboratories is a member of the Lancet Group of Laboratories in 14 African countries. Accredited, and operates as a 24-hour laboratory in 8 locations in Nigeria across Lagos, Port-Harcourt, Ibadan, and Warri.
Cost: Paternity test in Clina-Lancet lab is #105,000 naira.
7. DNA Diagnostic Centre (DDC)
They provide DNA tests, ranging from paternity after birth, paternity during pregnancy (Prenatal testing), ancestry, siblingship, grand parentage, legal and immigration DNA tests.
Cost: #90,000 naira while it is #130,000 naira for legal and immigration DNA tests.
8. DNA Bank
9. easyDNA, Nigeria
easyDNA Nigeria provides an affordable, highly accurate, reliable & confidential home DNA testing in paternity testing, legal paternity test, relationship testing, DNA profiles, twin zygosity testing, infidelity DNA test & discrete DNA sample.
11. Bode DU Laboratory Technology Limited.
Plot 45 Oyibo Adjarho Street, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos, Nigeria
12. Mecure Healthcare Ltd
Me Cure House, Debo Industries Compound, Apapa – Oshodi Expressway (near NAFDAC)
Phone: 070-00MECURE, 070-00632873
You can call 081-29910710 from 6PM – 8AM.
Thay have branches in Aba, Kano, Ondo, Umuahia, Ibadan, Lekki, Abuja, and Warri
Cost: #110,000 naira
1. HERITAGE COMPREHENSIVE HOSPITAL
MD: DR AKANJI WILLIAMS
Address: 57, Anfani Road off Ring Road Ibadan Phone: 08055371718
E-mail: [email protected]
Cost: #95,000 naira
17 Ladoke Akintola Street, off Aare Avenue, New Bodija, Ibadan
Cost: #100,000 naira
3.Mecure Diagnostics Ltd
5, Awosika Avenue, Old Bodija, Ibadan.
DEOCHARIS MEDICAL DIAGNOSTIC
ARIGBABUWO HOUSE OPP.
KUFORIJI OLUBI JUNCTION,
COST: #100,000 naira
You can also do the DNA test at Pathcare, Lynx or Mecure branches in Abeokuta, Ogun.
DNA Test Centres in Kaduna
1. DNA Lab
No. Q5 Danja Road, Off Katuru Road, Unguwar Sarki Kaduna Nigeria.
Their phone numbers are 08099282985, 08037880765, 07087257965.
Plot 4 New Court road, (Opposite Post Office and close Federal High Court) Gyadi Gyadi, Kano, Nigeria
Price: #100,000 Naira.
2. Mecure Diagnostic Ltd
8, Post Office Road (Opposite MoH), Kano.
1. Identi Gene
They do both peace of mind, legal and immigration paternity test.
Cost: Peace of Mind DNA test is #100,000 while legal and immigration paternity testing cost is #140,000 naira.
2. Vinette Hospital
14 Gindiri Street off Wushishi Street, Opposite Angel Plaza on Samuel Akintola Boulevard,Garki 11. Abuja. Nigeria.
PRICE: #105,000 naira
3.NATIONAL ORTHOPAEDIC HOSPITAL
DR Gbenga Ogunfowokan
Dept of Family Medicine Abuja. 08036018282
4. Synlab Laboratories
10, 1st Avenue, Gwarinpa Estate, Abuja
Cost: #115,000 naira.
9 Oke Ode Close, beside Kware State High Court, G.R.A, Ilorin
Cost: #120,000 naira.
CareCrest Specialist Hospital & Fertility Centre
DNA Labs in South-South Nigeria (Niger Delta)
1. Vicsly healthy Medical Laboratory
60 Adesuwa Grammar School Road off Sapele road by Water Resources Junction. Benin
Cost: #110,000 naira.
29 Sokponba Road, opposite I.K. Pharmacy, Benin
Synlab has a branch at Doctors House, UBTH. You can do your DNA test there.
Opens Monday – Friday 8am to 5pm, Saturdays plus public holidays- 9am to 1am but closed on Sundays
Cost: #130,000 to #135,000 naira. Home service is #150,000 naira.
3. THE WOMEN’S HEALTH & ACTION RESEACH CENTRE (WHARC)
Address: km 11, Lagos-Benin Express Way, Igue iheya, Benin city, Edo State Prof. F.E OKONUFUA (08023347828), EKWO CHIOMA (08051268082).
Price: #110,000 naira
12 Osiri /Wetland Road, Ekeki, off Mbiama /Yenagoa Road by Peace Mass Transit Park, Yenagoa, Bayelsa
Price: #100,000 naira or more.
Uyo, Akwa Ibom
37 Brook Street,
Uyo. Akwa Ibom.
Cost: #105,000 naira.
Warri, Delta state
Address: Off Deco Road, Warri, Delta
Price: #112,000 naira
61 Effurun/Sapele Road, opposite Urhobo College, by Odibo Housing.
Cost: #127,000 naira
1. INTERCONTINENTAL DIAGNOSTIC CENTRE
Cost: #120,000 naira
2. ATLANTIC MEDICAL CENTRE
Address: Atlantic Medical Centre,
No 76c, Emekuku Street D-Line, Portharcourt (08062622296)
Email: [email protected]
Cost: #125, 000 naira.
Enaan Towers, opposite Uniport main gaite by IPS, East/West Road, PH.
Cost: #100,000 naira
Calabar, Cross Rivers
ELVIGOR MEDICAL LABORATORY
No 11, Eyo Edem off Hewett Street By watt Market Roundabout, Calabar UGOCHUCKWU JIDERE (08037965482) E-mail: [email protected]
Cost: #100,000 naira
Paternity test centres in South-Eastern Nigeria
The south-eastern Nigeria is made up of Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi, Imo and Abia.
Iykenson Medical & Diagnostics
Road 2 Mofor Estate Unzik Temporary Site Awka, Anambra
08037711643, 08141272583, 08063386657
Me cure Diagnostics, Umuahia
Opposite Federal Medical Center, Aba – Owerri Road, Umuahia, Abia State.
They also have a branch in Aba at the Abia state teaching Hospital
Cost: #100,000 naira.
Paternity test centres in Enugu
1. MediChem Laboratories
1 Udoji Street ,
off Edinburgh Street
Ogui New Layout,
Ogui, Enugu East, Enugu
2. Wildec Diagnostic Centre
32 Edinburgh Road, Ogui New Layout, Enugu.
08162750039, 08033745624, 07050777559
COST: #105,000 naira.
Always endeavour to call any of the numbers of your choice lab to confirm as prices do fluctuate.
So, Emeka, you can tell your sister and her family to visit any of the DNA paternity test centres spread across Nigeria. I wish you all the best.
*******And one othed thing*****
“3 out of 10 Nigerian men are not biological fathers of their children. Nigeria has the second highest rate of paternity fraud in the world after Jamaica. Many men have been unknowingly raising children that are not theirs and to curb the trend, DNA test should be considered at birth” – Dr Ayeni