Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases of Redeemer’s University,
Ede, Osun State, has developed and patented two rapid diagnosis test
kits for the Ebola Virus Disease and Lassa Virus.
Prof. Debo Adeyewa, said this on Friday during the signing of a
memorandum of understanding on infectious disease surveillance and
control between the ACEGID and the Lagos State Government.
the 2014 diagnosis and confirmation of the first index case of the EVD,
Adeyewa said, the school had established a network of pathogens hunters
in Nigeria and Africa in general by training scientists in the field of
strengthen the capacity of the Lagos State Government in infectious
disease diagnostics and epidemics preparedness.
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.’’
Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, said that the need for the
state to build up its research capability in disease surveillance,
diagnosis, prevention, control and elimination of infectious diseases
led to the signing of the MoU.
relationship between the Ikorodu General Hospital in Lagos State, and
the ACEGID, was a major impetus in the partnership.