Punch Reports that 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.”
Dr. Chikwe later quoted the tweet, thanking Nigerians for helping out; “Very grateful to everyone who reached out to solve this challenge with us. Our support to each other, even when done quietly, will enable us pull through.
One day, we will tell the story of this response in full.”