14 October 2020 by Florence Adewale.
The Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria has urged local and foreign manufacturers of covid nineteen test kits to improve on standard to meet validation requirements for accurate tests results.
The Registrar, Doctor Tosan Erhabor made the plea at a news conference on the outcome of the second batch of pre- market validation of covid nineteen test kits in Abuja.
Doctor Erhabor who noted that twenty two rapid test kits submitted for validation did not meet the expected performance of Rapid testing in disease surveillance and routine diagnosis for COVID nineteen test in Nigeria.
The registrar stressed that the council would collaborate with the Nigeria Center for Disease Control to ensure the two World Health Organizations pre-qualified antigen rapid test kits also go through validation as soon as they arrived the country.
According to him “The validation of other Rapid /PCR test kits for SARS-Cov-2 infection remains an ongoing process, as Nigerians will be informed when suitable test kits meet minimum validation requirements.”
He continued “MLSCN will work closely with NCDC to ensure that the two WHO pre qqualified Antigen qRapid Test kits go through validation as soon as they arrive the country. This will enable the country to expand the scope of access to quality COVID NINETEEN testing as more sectors of the economy open.”
Doctor Erhabor who also noted that rapid test kits to be deployed for disease surveillance and diagnosis must be able to detect a disease causing agent when it is present and to return a negative result if the causative agent is absent reaffirmed the council’s commitment towards ensuring quality healthcare delivery in the country.
In a goodwill massage a representative of the Nigerian Center for Disease Control Mr. Akinpelu Afolabi who said the two organisations can not do it alone solicited the support of Nigerians to ensure that non validated test kits are reported for adequate sanctions.