The Nigerian Institute of Laboratory Science Technology (NILST), an agency under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, and CLINOTECH Laboratory Limited have signed a memorandum of understanding on the production and distribution of rapid diagnostic test kits.
Speaking on the occasion today in Abuja, the Minister of State for Science, Technology and Innovation, Barr. Mohamed Abdullahi, said the agreement was signed at a delicate time when the global community was strengthening health care facilities and delivery.
He pledged the support of the ministry to the agreement, saying the agreement was of mutual benefits to all parties.
In his remarks, the NILST director-general, Dr. Yemi Gbadegesin, who reiterated the agreement was of mutual benefits to all parties involved, said the agency would as a result of the agreement have the ability to develop reagents indigenously which would help fight diseases like Ebola and other tropical diseases.
Speaking earlier on behalf of CLINOTECH, Dr. Harrison Ofiyai, said the agreement would boost Nigeria’s capability to develop rapid diagnostic kits, thereby improving the technical know-how of the country’s professionals.