Nigerian scientists have developed a Covid-19 test that can produce results in 40 minutes.
The new test is not only quicker but cheaper than other tests – and could be available in South Africa as well.
With a population of more than 180 million, this will enable Nigeria to conduct many more tests.
Less than 1% of Nigerians have been tested so far – and virtually no one outside the cities is being tested.
“We saw the need for more testing outfits, especially one that can give results in a short time because hospitals were refusing to treat patients without Covid-19 results,” Babatunde Salako, a Nigerian health official said.
Senegal has also produced a test for Covid-19 that can produce results within 10 minutes.