Nigeria may soon begin test for coronavirus using locally made kits.
This hope was raised by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) which has successfully validated the first phase of the viral Ribonucleic Acid (RNA) extraction which would enable local production of cheap testing kits for COVID-19.
The validation was said to have occurred on Thursday in the laboratory of the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) in Abuja.
According to Prof. Alex Akpa, NABDA Director-General the success was important to the African continent.
He said the success would enable Nigeria to massively produce test kits so that more people would be tested for COVID-19, not only in Nigeria but in Africa and went on to disclose that the immediate aim is to “produce reagents for real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), and remember, recently the lack of reagents stalled work in Kano and molecular diagnosis could no longer take place.”
“This project is, therefore, designed to enable not only Nigeria but the whole of Africa to put the issue of shortage of reagents behind,’’ he said.