Director General/CEO – NIMR, Prof. Babatunde Lawal Salako (first from right) presented 60 Units of Non-invasive Ventilators to Federal Ministry of Health on 31st August 2020 as part of the institute’s contribution to the fight against COVID -19 pandemic.
The item was received by Dr. Baba Ahmed and his colleague on behalf of the Ministry.
The Nigerian Institute of Medical Research has launched the country’s first set of local Ribonucleic Acid purification kits to help expand the nation’s capacity to test for COVID-19.
In his address at the official commissioning of the kits on Tuesday Tuesday 30th June 2020, Director-General of NIMR, Prof. Babatunde Lawal Salako explained that the local RNA kits would address the perennial problem of test kits shortage in the country and help ramp up daily testing capacity for COVID-19.
“The idea of producing the local Ribonucleic Acid purification kits was conceived after we noticed how its scarcity was delaying tests and other backlogs of samples,”
The product was christened NIMR Biotech Total RNA purification Kit.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken during his visit to the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research Lagos. From left, Professor Oliver Ezechi, Director of Research (representative of DG, Prof. Babatunde Lawal Salako).
Others are Dr. Joseph Shaibu (Researcher and Innovator) Dr. David Oladele (Head , Clinical Sciences Department), Professor Rosemary Audu (Head, Department of Microbiology), Dr. Muinah Fowora (Researcher and Innovator) and Chika Onwuamah (Researcher and Innovator)