The Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), Yaba, Lagos, has developed molecular test kit for COVID-19.
This was revealed by Prof. Babatunde Salako, Director-General of the institute, in a chat with Punch Healthwise on Friday.
He said the test kit is known as the SARS CoV-2 Isothermal Molecular Assay, SIMA.
Speaking on the importance of the test kit in the fight against the global pandemic, Salako said, “While no effective vaccine has been developed to date, case detection remains the surest way of controlling the pandemic.
“Molecular laboratories remain limited in number, and people living in remote areas are at a disadvantage when it comes to getting tested.
“Testing centres are also limited and mostly available in urban areas. The molecular test kits are, therefore, one sure way to confirm the presence or otherwise of the virus in a population.”