A bloodless malaria diagnostics tool called Urine Malaria Test (UMT) has been launched by Fyodor Biotechnology Corporation. Daily Trust reports.
Speaking during the official unveiling of the malaria test kit in Lagos, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fyodor Biotechnology Corporation both USA and Nigeria, Dr Eddy Agbo said the goal is to raise the standard of care in malaria diagnosis and treatment in the country.
He said UMT was informed by the primary need for prompt diagnosis of malaria especially in the private sector, adding that it is designed to bridge the gap in controlling malaria in Nigeria.
Agbo described the UMT test as one that requires no blood, no reagents and no equipment to carry out the simple process of identifying whether a particular malaria illness is caused by fever or otherwise.
“History is being made today. This is 100 percent Nigerian made product aimed at simplifying the process of identifying malaria. It means anybody, anywhere, can do this successfully. And if anything, the UMT will help us to understand that not all malaria are caused by fever and you do not need blood, reageant nor any equipment to find this out,” Agbo said.
According to him, the firm partnered with the Federal Ministry of Health in validating UMT to address the gap in national malaria control programme.