Makerere don develops coronavirus testing kit

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A Makerere university don has developed a rapid coronavirus testing kit.

This is according to the university vice chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe.

He hailed Dr. Misaki Wayengera and his team at the Department of Pathology for the initiative to develop a rapid testing kit for Coronavirus.

“This is commendable given the devastation caused by COVID19,” Nawangwe said.

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He added: “Makerere is proud to serve humanity.”

Nawangwe further announced that they had made another breakthrough in the going COVID-19 research through Resilient Africa Network-a project of

Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) and Kiira Motors.

Coronaviruses detected in bats

A research laboratory at Makerere University College of Veterinary Medicine has discovered various forms of coronaviruses in samples collected from bats in the country.

Prof Denis Byarugaba, the lead research scientist at the laboratory, while addressing a public dialogue on Coronavirus, said they had been doing a number of tests in the past years that detected the virus in common species that live with people.

It should be noted that there are various coronaviruses that exist.

“We have analysed 16,000 samples and seen a prevalence of coronaviruses at a prevalence of 0.6 per cent,” he said.

Prof Byarugaba said during the current outbreak, they have screened 500 bats and discovered mass coronavirus.

“Through a collaboration with a partner, we were able to isolate mass coronaviruses from bats,” he said.

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