Rapid diagnostic testing device has been developed in Nigeria and certified in the USA to bring out result of Coronavirus within thirty minutes.
A Professor of Molecule Biology who discovered the kits, Prof. Christian Happi, revealed this while featuring on BCOS TV News Magazine Programme ‘AM 120’, on Thursday, June 25, 2020, noting that Africans will benefit immensely from the thirty minutes testing kits that has just been discovered.
Prof. Happi who is one of the facilitators at the African Centre for Geneomic of Infectious Disease (AGEDID) in Redeemers University, Ede, Osun State, said if things could be put in right frame of work, Africa will be at the fore front to produce testing kits and vaccine that will flatten the curve of Coronavirus.
On his recent discovery of Coronavirus rapid test kit, Professor Happi said the kits were about being rolled out as National and Regional health bodies are expected to partner with the Research Centre.
While speaking on the modus operandi of the new testing kits, he said it can be administered by anybody, anywhere compared to the PCR test which takes about seven to eight hours and requires the use of heavy machinery.
According to him, the new diagnostic test is time and cost saving for the patient in the sense that the PCR test costs $125 (₦48,838) while the new test kit cost $3 (₦1,163); adding that it is reliable and affordable
He confirmed that advanced Countries of the world like USA are ready to accept it and described it as major breakthrough from Africa.
While answering questions on how soon his laboratory can work and produce vaccine for the deadly virus, he described the process as a very long one that passes through four stages for months but confirmed that they are working assiduously on it.
Following gradual opening of Secondary Schools and Religious Centres by some States in the Country, the Professor said he is not entertaining any fear in as much as people can adhere strictly to COVID-19 guidelines and measures in their homes and public places.
He, however, commended Oyo State Government for considering what it thinks is good for the people of the State to manage Coronavirus in the State; adding that the State Government has been responding based on thorough information and trying to maintain a balance between health and the State’s economy.
The Don also warned that second wave of the pandemic is visible worldwide in as much as there is movement of people, but may not be severe as the first experience if things are done properly.
The Professor of Molecular and Genomic Studies had worked closely with Health Authorities for successful containment of Ebola outbreak in Nigeria in 2014 and his novel five minutes test for the Ebola and Lassa fever received approval from the World Health Organisation and United States Food and Drug Administration