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Nigeria’s Research Institute develops COVID-19 molecular test kit


The Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), Prof. Babatunde Salako has announced that the Institute has developed molecular test kit for the coronavirus.

Prof. Salako said the test kit is known as the SARS CoV-2 Isothermal Molecular Assay (SIMA).

The research institute is located at Yaba, Lagos.

Speaking with Punch, Salako explained that the test kit is for COVID-19 detection.

He said the innovation was borne out of the global sample testing challenges experienced by scientists and physicians.

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,” he said.

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