Made in Nigeria COVID-19 test kit, has been approved by the World Health Organization.
The made n Nigeria COVID-19 test kit cost less than $7 and gives result in less than 40minutes. This new test kit gives hope in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
With only just108,355 tests done so far according to information from the National Center For Disease Control (NCDC). Nigeria can now reach its target of testing more than 10 million residents for coronavirus (COVID-19) with a World Health Organisation (WHO)-approved on-the-spot coronavirus test that costs less.
The news of the made in Nigeria COVID-19 test kit came just as it was gathered that the number of people killed worldwide by the COVID-19 pandemic had exceeded one million, with experts warning that it might double before a vaccine was found.
According to a statement issued by WHO, the rapid test would enable expansion of testing, particularly in countries without extensive laboratories or trained health workers to implement molecular (polymerase-chain reaction or PCR) tests, which costs about N50,000.
The world body said the Antigen Rapid Diagnostic Tests (Ag RDTs) developed by Abbott and SD Biosensor is highly portable, reliable, and easy to administer, making testing possible in near-person, decentralized healthcare settings.
According to the statement, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has executed separate volume guarantee agreements with the Ag RDT producers, Abbott and SD Biosensor. These two arrangements will make available to Low and Medium Income Countries (LMICs) 120 million Ag RDTs, priced at a maximum of $5 per unit over a period of six months.
Also, the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, yesterday, announced a set of agreements to make available for LMICs the Ag RDTs.
The ACT Accelerator is a new, groundbreaking global collaboration to accelerate the development, production, and equitable access to COVID-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines. It was set up in response to a call from G20 leaders in March 2020 and launched by WHO, the European Commission, France, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in April 2020.
Organizations involved in the milestone agreement include the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), the Global Fund, Unitaid, and WHO.
The made in Nigeria COVID-19 test kit would help increase the number of tests done. Before now, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH), and the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 had been opposed to rapid diagnostic tests, which results they said were not 100 percent reliable. But it is hoped that with the WHO announcement, the country will be able to carry out more tests. The ‘non-approval’ of rapid test kits by the FMoH and the NCDC amid the low capacity of the country to test for COVID-19 might be fuelling a black market for the devices.