With limited resources and health budget, let’s admire Senegal’s heroic fight against COVID-19
Senegal is doing what most countries can’t, and that is testing everyone.
It’s not just the western world that has the scientific knowledge to know how to defeat the novel coronavirus. In Senegal, a laboratory has used its Ebola experience to develop a $1 COVID-19 testing kit.
Here is what Senegal is doing right
Senegal is doing what most countries can’t, and that is testing everyone. Researchers are developing a $1 quick diagnostic kit originally made to test for dengue fever. Patients drop blood or saliva onto the devices and wait for a bloodline to appear.
While speaking to a source, a Researcher at the MCG lab, Medussa, said, “There is no need for a highly equipped lab, it’s a simple test, and can be done anywhere. The idea is to rapidly produce 2 to 4 million kits not just for Senegal, but for other African countries, so that we can detect the virus and isolate patients quickly.”
With only 50 ventilator machines for 16 million people, the Senegalese engineers are using 3D printing machines to produce more .While imported ventilators cost $16,000,this one costs just $60.
More than a month into the outbreak, the small West African nation suffered only two deaths, with most patients treated having healed.
Senegal has the largest rate of recovery in patients infected with the coronavirus in Africa, and third in the world.
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