Nigerians Can Now Perform Malaria Test At Home Using Urine

Nigerians Can Now Perform Malaria Test At Home Using Urine

A new single step method for carrying out malaria test has been developed by a team of Nigerian scientists.
The new method makes use of urine and not blood to determine if an individual is infected with malaria.
It is the first time urine will be used for carrying out malaria parasite test.
Eddy Agbo, founder of Fyodor, the biotechnology firm that developed the urine test kit, described as a major milestone, the fact that people can now test themselves for the disease without involving a health personnel.
Agbo described the process as one step similar to carrying out a pregnancy test. He said “You just dip [a thread] in the sample, leave it there for 25 minutes and read the result.”
A line shows on the strip if one is infected with the parasite.
Experts expressed optimism that with the advent of the new testing method, the populace will desist from taking antimalarial drugs when they are not infected with the parasite.
An estimated 400,000 people die from the scourge of malaria every year.






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