National University of science and technology NUST has revealed that they have the capacity to test coronavirus a virus that leads to COVID-19, The Chronicle reports.
This was revealed by NUST’s Zephaniah Dlamini who spoke to the publication and said:
As Nust Applied Genetic Testing Centre, we have capability since we have WHO recommended real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing machines that can be used for qualitative and quantitative detection of Covid-19 RNA from various samples.
Most importantly, our personnel have nucleic acid extraction, amplification abilities and analysis capabilities. We have sent a list of requirements to the Government before we can do the testing.
According to the publication, currently testing is being done at the National Microbiology Reference Laboratory (NMRL) at Harare Hospital (Sally Mugabe Hospital) and confirmation tests are being done in South Africa.
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