RIGHT HERE IN OUR BACKYARD, SOME NIGERIAN SCIENTISTS AT REDEEMERS UNIVERSITY INVENTED AN EASY KIT THAT HELPS YOU DETECT EBOLA AND LASSA VIRUS IN JUST 10 MINUTES!
Scientists at the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases of Redeemer’s University in Osun State, Nigeria have developed and patented two rapid diagnosis test kits for the Ebola Virus Disease and Lassa Virus. These two Inventions have both been recognized by The World Health Organization and the United States Food and Drug Agency and have been approved for use during epidemics.
According to reports from the University, the kits are able to quickly detect the virus in human body fluids in just 10 minutes! This is impressive. The Ebola virus hit Nigeria in 2014, causing quick preventive response strategy by the country, thought Nigeria was eventually declared Ebola free the same year, the disease Epidemic stroke other parts of West Africa, spreading from Guinea to neighboring countries of Liberia and Sierra Leone, with smaller outbreaks occurring in Senegal and Mali. An occurrence of the virus lingers in Africa causing caution and panic in many.
Asides the outbreak of the Ebola Virus, another deadly Virus carried by Rats causing Lassa Fever has been a Health issue in Nigeria. According to WHO, “Between August 2015 and 17 May 2016, the organization has been notified of 273 cases of Lassa fever, including 149 deaths in Nigeria. Of these, 165 cases and 89 deaths have been confirmed through laboratory testing (CFR: 53.9%). The cases were reported from 23 states in Nigeria.”
In both diseases, early detection plays a huge role in treatment and furthermore in stopping spread, therefore this timely invention is a big win not just for Nigeria but for Africa as a whole. Recently some patients at Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were diagnosed of the disease and the country which was once announced to be Ebola free has fallen back into a red marked zone.
On the wings of a well planned and strategically established network of pathogens hunters in Nigeria and Africa, the University was able to make this breakthrough in quick diagnosis of the deadly viruses, a partnership set up to strengthen the capacity of the Lagos State Government in infectious disease diagnostics and epidemics preparedness. Today the institution currently trains scientists in the field of genomics.