Cost of DNA Test in Nigeria Currently

In this post, we shall be looking at the cost of DNA test in Nigeria currently. DNA test is a very popular test in the world and it has come to stay in the country as well. It is a test that is conducted so as to analyze someone’s genetic material (DNA) in order to determine if they committed a particular crime or are the parent of a particular child. In Nigeria today, the paternity of many children have been questioned and this is due to the high rate of infidelity in many marriages, so in order to put these issues to rest, people have resorted to DNA test to give accurate answers to their questions. With it being so popular in the country, it is not out of place to ask the question, how much does it cost to carry out DNA test in Nigeria? All that will be answered as we proceed in the article.

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HOW MUCH IS DNA TEST IN NIGERIA CURRENTLY?

DNA tests are are done differently with different types of techniques involved, ensuring that the prices vary depending on where you go to get yours done. Even if there is a general method for the most popular type of DNA testing which is the paternity test, there are several other ways by which DNA test can be done in order to achieve their desired results.

In Nigeria today, the price of DNA test is beween ₦50,000 – ₦120,000 and this depends on the clinic as well as the procedure involved in carrying out the test. DNA testing involving legal issues are more expensive and can cost as high as between ₦120,000 – ₦150,000. Factors affecting how much one pays in order to do a DNA test includes the clinics, labs or hospitals where the test is performed, with it being more expensive in private medical establishments.

WHERE TO DO DNA TEST IN NIGERIA

There are many places where you can get DNA tests done in the country. You can check with the hospitals, laboratories and clinics in your area in order to get it done as long as you have a good reason to do it. Locating the medical facility to do the test is not an issue as there are many hospitals carrying out the test. As long as you have the required amount to pay for the test then you’re good to go. Bear in mind that the cost of DNA test in Nigeria as stated in this article above is subject to change but it is important that if you want to get yours done, you should plan around the figures stated.

IMPORTANCE OF DNA TESTING

There are many reasons why people carry out the DNA testing presently. Because if its importance in the country today, many people do it for forensic reasons in order to solve crime issues. The most popular reason why it is done in Nigeria is to determine the paternity of a child. This has been helpful in determining whether a man is the biological father of a particular child or not. Interestingly, the DNA test also determines maternity test and as well as sibling tests.

DNA tests have been helpful in solving legal cases as well. Sometimes, most men run away from their responsibilities. A woman may inform a particular man that he is the father of her child but he denies it vehemently, but when they approach a court of law and a DNA test result is requested for, and it turns out that the man is in fact the father of the child, it would prove the woman innocent and ensure that the man takes responsibility for the child.  The DNA test is very accurate and it establishes the biological configuration of both father and child.

OTHER THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT DNA TESTING

DNA testing ensures that the paternity of a baby is determined even before the baby is born and this is done via prenatal DNA testing. The is possible because an unborn child’s DNA is formed at conception and it remains the same. The prenatal DNA test is a direct process that does not require any special or intricate process. The cost of prenatal DNA testing is not too high and you can collect your own DNA samples by yourself in the comfort of your home before proceeding to the laboratory for the test.

If you need DNA results for legal issues, you will need to buy officially permissible DNA testing from the laboratory. In order for a DNA test result to be accepted in court, an independent third party must collect DNA samples and he or she must ensure that the individuality of the DNA donors are established and also that the chain of custody rules are obeyed. Once the samples for the DNA test are collected, they are then taken to the lab for analysis.

DNA test results, irrespective of the procedure or type can be gotten within 3 to 7 working days. DNA tests involving legal cases may take longer or they may be fast-tracked depending on the urgency of the result and this will attract extra charges. The manner in which the DNA test result will be presented depends on the type of DNA test that was carried out and the reason for the test. Paternity and maternity tests are less technical than DNA sibling tests.

The Author

Maduawuchi Obialo

Maduawuchi Obialo is the founder of Nigerian Guide and an Editor at Nigerian Infopedia. He is a professional Web Content Developer and a Biochemist.

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