Noguchi and the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) are expected to, in the coming days, complete work on Rapid Diagnostic Test kits for the coronavirus, Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has said.
This, when completed, will boost Ghana’s testing capacity and reduce the time it takes to determine whether a COVID-19 sample is positive or negative.
“This week we are expecting Noguchi, FDA and the experts to report on an RDT testing option to assist our surveillance. We are of the view that, that will help quicken an answer to the incidence rate in Ghana assuming that is the model or path that we want to add to our intervention,” Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said on Accra-based Citi FM
Head of Virology at Noguchi, Prof. William Ampofo says that the country’s testing figure is high because of a polling method that is being used by the laboratories.
“When these samples arrive at the lab, we go through a process to enable us utilize the reagents in a very efficient manner. We simply poll the samples. What this means is, if you have 1,000 samples, you put them in polls of ten and therefore, you test them at a time. So in a short time, instead of testing 1,000 samples, you actually test 10,000 samples,” Prof. Ampofo explained
Meanwhile, UniversNews understands that scientists at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology have developed a test kit for COVID-19.
The test kit is said to be before the FDA for quality check and approval
Story by: Jeffrey Nyabor | universnewsroom.com