Researchers from a Ghanaian university and a medical diagnostics center have collectively developed a rapid diagnostic test (RDT) kit to quicken the process of COVID-19 diagnosis in the country.
A statement issued on Tuesday by the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, said the development, together with the Incas diagnostics center, aims to contain the spread of the virus and expand domestic capacity.
“It detects two different types of antibodies produced by the body to fight off the COVID-19 infection about seven days after infection, and also identifies those exposed to the virus but not showing any symptoms, as well as those who have recovered from the” infection,” the statement explained.
The Ghana Food and Drugs Authority and the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research are assisting the developers to complete work on the device within a week.
Minister for Information Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah said the government was hopeful that the device would help boost the country’s surveillance and testing protocols.