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COVID-19: NCDC desperately looking testing kits says DG

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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.”

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.

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