The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology has invented a COVID -19 testing Kits to facilitate the quick testing of the virus.
The production was done in collaboration with the University and Incas Diagnostics, a local manufacturing company.
Ghana in the wake of Coronavirus has been compelled by many institutions to contribute their quota in the fight of the pandemic after the Government called for all hands on deck to this effect.
Speaking to the Media, the Leader of the Research Team who doubles as the Provost of College of Health Sciences, Prof Yaw Adu Sarkodie who describes the recent development of the university as one of the achievements ever added that the newly invested kit is to complement the already Polymerase Chain reaction (PCR) in the system.
The Polymerase Chain reaction (PCR) which is already in the system for the diagnosis is said to be producing results after 6 hrs, however, this new antigen kit produced by the University can produce results in 15 minutes.
"Unlike the Polymerase Chain Reaction, the Rapid Diagnostic kits by the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology uses blood samples in the test.
Prof Yaw Adu Sarkodie said the test kits give an idea of one’s status because of the strips imbibed within the kit.
Currently, the University according to Professor Yaw Adu Sarkodie is looking forward to approval from the Food and Drugs Authority as well as the Ministry of Health to go into mass production.
He added their Partners, Incas Diagnostics is ready to produce 30 to 60 thousand Kits if approved by the FDA.
Ghana Records 1,550 Cases
Ghana's case count of the novel coronavirus has jumped to 1,550; with the death toll climbing up to 11.
The updated case count comes after 271 more persons tested positive for the virus.
The Ghana Health Service affirmed this in its latest update of the pandemic on Sunday, April 26, 2020.
21 additional recoveries have been confirmed with the total number of recoveries now 155, while 6 persons are said to be "critically or moderately ill".
According to the GHS, in terms of the total percentage of the 100,622 tested and with 1,550 having contracted the virus, the positivity rate is 1.54%.
A breakdown of the data of the over one hundred thousand tested indicates that 21,047 of the case count were picked up through "routine surveillance", 77,553 from "contact tracing", while 2,022 were "mandatorily quarantined".
Source: Prince Kwadwo Boadu/Hello FM
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