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COVID-19 Anti-Body Test Kits Failed Validation — Health Minister, Osagie Ehanire Says

The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, on Thursday spoke about various test kits said to be in use in Nigeria for the control of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially antibody-based test kits. He was speaking in Abuja during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19. The minister said all the four kits had been evaluated by the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria and that they all failed the validation tests. He said that no antigen test kits had yet been evaluated and “this means that results obtained from these tests are not tenable for diagnostics, being deficient in sensitivity and specificity and are likely to give false results and mislead people. “The NCDC certified laboratories in Nigeria use WHO recognized PCR testing methods which give reliable result. ...
COVID-19: Lagos Battles Shortage Of Reagents, FCT Running Out Of Test Kits
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COVID-19: Lagos Battles Shortage Of Reagents, FCT Running Out Of Test Kits

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 at the House of Representatives on Tuesday said Kano State had become the epicentre of coronavirus in the North. The  PTF Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; who led other members of the task force, including the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire; Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, disclosed this while briefing the House on the war against the virus in the country. He said Kano State lacked adequate manpower for surveillance and contact tracing. Also on Tuesday, the Lagos State Government said it was battling with a shortage of reagents. The Federal Capital Territory on its part said it was facing a shortage of test kits. In ...
COVID-19: Chikwe Ihekweazu Says NCDC Desperately Needs More Test Kits
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COVID-19: Chikwe Ihekweazu Says NCDC Desperately Needs More Test Kits

Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Chikwe Ihekweazu, says Nigeria is desperately in need of more ribonucleic acid COVID-19 test kits. In a tweet yesterday, the NCDC boss said this became important as the country expanded testing for the virus. “We’re desperately looking for more RNA 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,” he said.
COVID-19: Jack Ma Donates 500000 Test Kits, 300 Ventilators To African Countries
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COVID-19: Jack Ma Donates 500000 Test Kits, 300 Ventilators To African Countries

Nigeria and fifty-three other African countries would receive 500,000 coronavirus test kits and 300 ventilators donated by Ali Baba Foundation to African Union Member States, The PUNCH reports. Also donated to fight the pandemic in Africa were 4.6m masks, 200,000 clothing sets, 200,000 face shields, 2,000 thermal guns, 100 body temperature scanners and 500,000 pairs of gloves. Interestingly, while South Africa had conducted 114,711 COVID-19 tests, Ghana 60,916 tests, Egypt 55,000 tests, Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, had only conducted 7,153 tests. The Founder of Ali Baba Group, Jack Ma, who made this revelation on Monday, said the donation was the third batch to Africa and it would be dispatched immediately to the African Centres for Disease Control for further d...
Nigeria Receives Test Kits, Protective Gears Donated By Jack Ma
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Nigeria Receives Test Kits, Protective Gears Donated By Jack Ma

The Nigerian Government has received its share of test kits and protective gears donated to Africa by Chinese business tycoon, Jack Ma. The materials arrived the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Wednesday morning. They include 100,000 masks, 20,000 test kits, PPEs, among others See photos below.
80% Of Test Kits Sent By Jack Ma Gives False Results
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80% Of Test Kits Sent By Jack Ma Gives False Results

People are complaining that the test kits supplied by Jack Ma to countries are giving false results. According to some twitter users, who revealed that 80% of coronavirus test kits received by cezh give false results. Also, they revealed that they have gone back to the traditional testing. See tweet below.
Pastor Urges Nigerian Government To Reject Coronavirus Test Kits From Jack Ma
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Pastor Urges Nigerian Government To Reject Coronavirus Test Kits From Jack Ma

Senior Pastor of Awaiting The Second Coming Of Jesus Christ Ministry, Adewale Giwa has warned Nigeria not to accept Coronavirus test kits and prevention materials donated by Chinese Billionaire, Jack Ma. The materials were said to have been received on Tuesday by General Manager, Ethiopian Airlines, Nigeria, Firihiewot Mekonnen, who appreciated the Jack Ma Foundation for their generosity. However, Giwa, in a statement to DAILY POST on Wednesday, urged Nigerian government to make its local kits available for the people. “It is not advisable for Nigerian government to accept these kits from China. “While the outbreak started in China, the bulk of cases and fatalities are now everywhere in the world. “Let us make use of our own prevention materials. I believe the state gove...
Chinese government donate medical kits to Nigerian government as Coronavirus persists
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Chinese government donate medical kits to Nigerian government as Coronavirus persists

As Nigeria battles the Coronavirus pandemic, the Chinese government have donated locally-sourced PPEs & medical supplies to help protect healthcare workers. Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, made this known on his Twitter handle. @NigeriaGov is thankful for robust support from multilateral & bilateral partners like @UN_Nigeria who offered prompt support and  China_Emb_NGwho donated locally-sourced PPEs & medical supplies to help protect healthcare workers on the frontlines of #COVID19 response.