We desperately need RNA extraction kits for COVID-19 test – NCDC DG, Ihekweazu cries out

April 27, 2020
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The Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC, has disclosed that it is desperately in need of testing kits.

NCDC Director General, Chikwe Ihekweazu said the agency was desperately in need of RNA extraction kits.

Ihekweazu explained that the RNA extraction kits would help the agency expand COVID-19 testing capacity.

He made the disclosure via his verified Twitter handle.

The NCDC DG wrote: “We’re desperately looking for more RNA 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”.

However, Nigeria as at Sunday night recorded 91 new cases of COVID-19.

This now brings the total tally in the country to 1283.

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