The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and Incas Diagnostics have been in constant communication with the Ministry of Health and the National Covid-19 Response Team in helping to improve the covid 19 test kit to enable it record results with 20 minutes unlike the already available kits that take longer hours for suspected patients to be confirmed positive or negative.
The KNUST-Incas Diagnostic technology uses a finger-prick blood to detect two different types of antibodies produced by the body when it is fighting off Covid-19 infection at least seven days after infection – whether the person is showing symptoms or not. It also enables decentralized testing to be done anywhere without requiring any equipment. However, it requires little technical training for those performing the test.
This great initiative was also supported by the Scientists from the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR), Vice-Chancellor of KNUST, Professor Kwasi Obiri-Danso the Centre for Advanced Rapid Diagnostics, Mologic, UK, Mastercard Foundation through the Ghana Tech Lab, the Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists and Dext Technologies, Kumasi.