Nigeria develops Covid-19 test kit
NEWSMAN, Abuja – A Covid-19 diagnostic kit, RNASwift, has been developed in Nigeria.
At its launch in Abuja on Thursday, the acting Director-General of National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Prof. Alex Akpa, whose agency produced the kit said It holds huge potentials for the country’s plan at scaling up testing for COVID-19.
He revealed that the kit would enable the country test 5million farmers and farm labourers to ensure food security chain was not compromised by COVID-19.
Prof. Akpa added that the development and validation of RNASwift was also a reflection of the creativity that has gone on in Nigerian laboratories, working in collaboration with some scientists in the United Kingdom, Daily Trust reported.
“It is important to mention that the RNASwift diagnostic kit is very accurate and sensitive. “The validation results compare very favourably with conventional and commercially available kits for the diagnosis of COVID-19″ He affirmed.
The Ministers of Science and Technology and Agriculture and Rural Development, Ogbonnaya Onu and Sabo Nanono respectively, jointly launched the kit on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Onu, while speaking before unveiling the kit said it would be affordable to all poor Nigerians.
The minister said about 10million kits had been produced and more would be produced in the near future. On his part, Nanono said that new kits was capable of increasing productivity in the agricultural sector.