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NCDC Boss Commends Nigerians For Reaching Out To Solve Shortage Of COVID-19 Test Kits

NCDC Boss Commends Nigerians For Reaching Out To Solve Shortage Of COVID-19 Test Kits
NCDC Boss, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has commended Nigerians for reaching out to solve the shortage of the Ribonucleic Acid (RNA) extraction kits.

The Director-General of NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, took to his verified Twitter page on Monday to thank those who responded to their call for assistance.

On Sunday, Ihekweazu tweeted: 

“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.”

RNA is a polymeric molecule that is essential in various biological roles, especially in coding, decoding, regulation, and expression of genes that got finished at the center and reinforcements were in dare need.

Thanking Nigerians for their response in making the RNA available, the NCDC boss took to his verified Twitter page on Monday to show how grateful he is.

He said: 

“Very grateful to everyone who reached out to solve this challenge with us. Our support to each other, even when done quietly, will enable us pull through.

“One day, we will tell the story of this response in full. For now, we keep pushing.”

MackenzieSkyBlog learned that 91 new confirmed cases and five new deaths were recorded in Nigeria on April 26, 2020.

Four new states (Ebonyi, Bayelsa, Kebbi, and Taraba) have reported confirmed cases in the last 24 hours.

As of now, Nigeria has a total of 1273 confirmed cases, 239 cases have been discharged and 40 deaths have been recorded in 32 states and the Federal Capital Territory. 

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