- Nigerian scientists have developed indigenous rapid testing kits for COVID-19
- The minister of science and technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, says the kits can accurately detect COVID-19 at a drastically lower cost
- According to the minister, 10 million kits will be produced in the first batch and five million farmers will be tested with the kits
Nigerian scientists have developed indigenous rapid testing kits for COVID-19 as the country battles with the deadly disease.
The disclosure was made by the minister of science and technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, who said the RNA Swift testing kits can accurately detect COVID-19 at a drastically lower cost.
Speaking in Abuja on Thursday, July 9, Onu said five million farmers will be tested with the kits in the coming months, adding that 10 million kits will be produced in the first batch, How Africa reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the head of the National Biotechnology Development Agency, Alex Akpa, corroborated the minister's claim that the RNA Swift is accurate.
He said the RNA Swift competes favourably with conventional and commercially available kits for the diagnosis of COVID-19.
According to Akpa, the RNA Swift will significantly expand Nigeria’s testing capacity.
In other news, Nigerian universities’ scientists under the aegis of COVID-19 Research Group say they have discovered COVID-19 vaccine.
The scientists made the disclosure on Friday, June 19, saying the vaccine was being developed locally in Africa for Africans but would also work for other continents when unveiled.
The leader of the team, Dr Oladipo Kolawole, said it would take a minimum of 18 months for the vaccine to be unveiled to the public.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Ghana’s education minister, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, had revealed that majority of his staff at the ministry tested positive for the deadly COVID-19.
The member of parliament for Manhyia said mass testing was conducted at the education ministry and results showed that 45 out of 50 people tested positive
“At my workplace, everyone has been tested. A lot of them tested positive for the virus. Assuming I have a total staff of 50, about 45 of them have the virus. None of them has been hospitalized but they are currently in self-isolation,” he said.
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