Coronavirus: Nigeria desperately looking for test kits, says NCDC

The Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control,  Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu,  on Sunday said  Nigeria needed to stock more of the RNA extraction kits to cater for the expansion of its COVID-19 testing capacity.

Writing on his twitter handle, @Chikwe_I, Ihekweazu, he gave specification of the test kits Nigeria was looking for and preferred manufacturers.

He said, “We’re desperately looking for more RNA (ribonucleic Acid) extraction kits as we expand #COVID19 testing. Product: Total viral RNA extraction kits (preferably spin column and with a lysis buffer). Manufacturers: Qiagen, ThermoFischer, SeeGene, Inqaba, LifeRiver etc.”

The centre earlier said it had added two more laboratories to the existing 13 laboratories established in the country, but Ihekweazu’s tweet raised the fear that Nigeria might  lack enough kits to test suspected cases for COVID-19.

 

 

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About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

One Response to “Coronavirus: Nigeria desperately looking for test kits, says NCDC”

  1. thanks for this….i wanted to share a post i did just around the time the pandemic began…hope it helps someone needing to hear a word of encouragement……please watch and share a comment….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgmLeE_qd3o

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