In a bid to increase the country’s testing capacity, Nigerian based start-ups companies have stepped up to the challenge by launching mobile COVID-19 testing labs. This represents a glimmer of hope amid the myriad of bad news surrounding COVID-19. ...
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In a bid to increase the country’s testing capacity, Nigerian based start-ups companies have stepped up to the challenge by launching mobile COVID-19 testing labs. This represents a glimmer of hope amid the myriad of bad news surrounding COVID-19.
This E-health start-up company and its partners launched its 40-foot container structure COVID-19 testing laboratory, in April 2020. This mobile lab eliminates the need for moving tested samples to locations for processing. Its mobile facilities are equipped with testing instruments needed by molecular scientists in carrying out their services. A roll-out of the pilot testing facility will be held in the coming weeks.
Flying Doctors Nigeria (FDN)
Flying Doctors Nigeria (FDN) is a social enterprise company known to provide urgent air ambulances to leading health companies, institutions, and private individuals in West Africa.
On May 4th, 2020, the company launched the country’s first COVID-19 mobile sample collection and vehicle testing booth, designed to ensure the safety of healthcare workers, while enabling a faster and seamless sample collection system at zero logistic cost. The company’s mobile solution carries out testing and delivery of samples to molecular labs using the same vehicle.
LifeBank is a medical logistics company that is involved in delivering essential medical products like vaccines, blood products, and oxygen to hospitals across Africa. This health tech start-up in partnership with the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) and other stakeholders has been providing coronavirus drive-through test centers in Lagos and Oyo state, to help support government agencies in their fight against the infectious disease.
The company helps to set up the drive-through facility while also providing budgeting, funding, and procurement services. The company has also been delivering oxygen, through the company’s initiative called ‘Airbank,’ in severe coronavirus cases.