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Nigeria develops COVID-19 test kits, available commercially

Nigeria develops COVID-19 test kits, available commercially

Nigeria develops COVID-19 test kits, available commercially

The Nigerian Government has announced the indigenous development and validation of RNA Swift, a test kit for the identification of SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent for Covid-19, to accelerate the capacity to test people and help manage the Corona virus pandemic.

Addressing a press conference in Abuja, the nation’s capital, the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu said that the “RNA Swift has amazing precision for the detection of SARS-COV-2 and would be available at a price that places it ahead of competitors in terms of sensitivity and affordability.”

According to Dr. Onu, the RNA Swift was borne out of a need in the Agricultural sector to test Nigerian farmers and laborers in the country.

The indigenous RNA Swift test kit will significantly expand Nigeria’s testing capacity, said Alex Akpa, head of the National Biotechnology Development Agency.

The kit is very accurate and sensitive and competes favorably with conventional and commercially available kits for the diagnosis of COVID-19, he said.

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