The Kenyan Ministry of Health has authorized a Hong Kong-based company to supply the East African nation with new COVID-19 test kits designed to deliver results within 20 minutes.
In an exclusive interview with the Daily Nation on Monday, Dr. Ricky Chiu Yin-to, the CEO and founder of PHASE Scientific, the company producing the kits, said the kit costs between Sh800 and Sh1,000.
“We have Food and Drug Administration (FDA) emergency use authorization as well and our goal is to help low-income countries like Kenya test more for coronavirus,” he said, adding that the price is negotiable when dealing with governments.
“We are happy that Kenya is the first country in Africa to embrace us and we look forward to partnering with more governments,” he said.
The firm says the kit is currently available in 33 countries.
Testing for coronavirus involves inserting a cotton bud-like swab into the cavity between the nose and mouth (nasopharyngeal swab) for 15 seconds and rotating it several times.
The swabbing is then repeated in the mouth to make sure enough material is collected.
Kenya has conducted 2.3 million tests as of August 30.
Original article published on Daily Nation