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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has successfully confirmed the very first phase of the viral Ribonucleic Acid (RNA) extraction which would allow local production of inexpensive screening kits for COVID-19.

Speaking, Dr Ndodo Nnaemeka, Chief Molecular Bioengineer, National Reference Laboratory of NCDC, hailed the “wonderful project.”.

” The western world prioritizes their own interest first by making sure that they satisfy their local needs before exporting to other nations, so there was really need for it,” he stated.

Akpa disclosed that the instant objective is to “produce reagents for real-time Polymerase Domino effect (PCR), and keep in mind, recently the lack of reagents stalled work in Kano and molecular diagnosis could no longer take place.”

He stated the development “will enable us to massively produce test kits so that more individuals would be evaluated for COVID-19, not just in Nigeria but in Africa”.

Prof. Alex Akpa, NABDA Director-General, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the success was important to the African continent.

On Thursday, the validation happened in the laboratory of the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) in Abuja.

Nigeria has recorded an advancement in the battle versus coronavirus.

The molecular expert clarified that to be able to conduct test, the viral details which comes as the RNA needs to first be extracted and without this extraction, no test can be performed.

Nnaemeka recalled that the very first phase of the examination results he brought out with the NABDA clinical team was “amazing and effective.

The kits contend favourably well with other international kits we are utilizing, in truth, it scored highly in purity and in quantity of extraction and we are considering scaling production,” Nnaemeka said.

” This project is, therefore, created to enable not just Nigeria however the whole of Africa to put the problem of lack of reagents behind,” he stated.

The DG recalled that the absence of the same reagent equally stalled COVID-19 medical diagnosis in Lagos for lots of days.

Akpa added that the project was a Pan-African project whose partners include Ethiopia, NCDC and the University of Sheffield, U.K., among others with funding to come from African Development Bank.

Nnaemeka said it was designed to solve the problem of RNA extraction kit which had become a global problem.

The official noted that there were serious concerns for the requirement to have more extraction kits in-country which there was growing need worldwide for extraction kits.

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