Imo Traditional Ruler and Medical scientist, Eze Ohiri announces his Covid-19 test kit that can detect virus in minutes
His Royal Majesty, Eze Samuel Agunwa Ohiri, who is a U.S trained Medical Scientist, has produced a Rapid Test Kit for the dreaded Coronavirus which has ravaged countries of the world.
HRM Eze Ohiri who is also the Chairman of Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers achieved the medical/scientific break-through at his factory, Hi-Tech Diagnostics Ltd located at Obi-Orodo in Mbaitoli LGA of Imo State.
Addressing Journalists at his Palace in Obi-Orodo, Eze Ohiri revealed that his team has been working very hard to develop the test kit since early March, 2020 in an attempt to contribute to the efforts of both Federal and State governments in the fight against the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
The First Class Royal father noted that the test kit would detect IGG and IGM antibodies to COVID-19 in human blood samples within five (5) minutes, adding that the test kit requires no special equipment, but can be performed in hospitals, Clinics and Laboratories.
Speaking on the benefits of the test kits, Eze Imo hoped that it will enhance the Country’s capacity to test more Nigerians towards discovering their COVID-19 status. He also used the opportunity to applauded the Federal and State Governments in the Country, especially the Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma on the efforts they are making to effectively manage the COVID- 19 pandemic.
The South East Coordinator, National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria pointed out that a batch of the COVID-19 Rapid Test Kit produced in his Factory has been sent to Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria working in-collaboration with Nigeria Centre for Diseases Control (NCDC) and Federal Ministry of Health, for validation.
He said that the Rapid Test Kit will soon be made available to health care workers and facilities after it has gone through the needed validation.