Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has said the country is in desperate need of more RNA extraction kits to cover the expansion of its COVID-19 testing capacity.
He said this on his twitter handle, @Chikwe_I, on Sunday.
“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,” he said.
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.