Research scientists at the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID) of Redeemer’s University, Ede, Osun state have made a remarkable break-through, as they secure patents for Ebola Virus Disease and Lassa Fever Test kits.
The test kits are able to detect the viruses in human body fluids within 10 minutes of start of the test, hence may be very valuable for field personnels in epidemic zones.
The Vice Chancellor of the Redeemer’s University, Professor Debo Adeyewa speaks of his institution’s efforts at establishing a network of pathogens hunters in Nigeria and Africa by training scientists in the field of genomics.
He was speaking an event for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the institution’s ACEGID, and the Lagos State government, on infectious disease surveillance and control.
“Redeemer’s University ACEGID researchers discovered two novel Rhabdoviruses (EKV-1 and EKV-2). The centre also developed and patented two rapid diagnostic test kits for diagnosis of Lassa fever virus or Ebola virus in biological fluids. The World Health Organisation and the United States food and drug agency have approved the Ebola virus RDT for use during epidemics”.