By Auburn Mann
Senegal has taken a unique path in the war against Covid-19, by developing a $1 (N360.50) diagnostic testing kit.
In addition, instead of relying on overpriced imported ventilators, domestic Senegalese engineers manufactured 3D printed ventilators, saving thousands of dollars and allowing them to test every citizen regardless of apparent symptoms.
According to Aljazeera, any person that enters a health center is given a test module originally designed to detect malaria. The test works by patients drawing bodily fluids like blood or saliva onto the device and wait for a blood line to appear. If the person tests positive for the virus, they are given chloroquine that is used to treat Dengue Fever and other malarial illnesses.
Thus, giving the francophone West African nation the third highest rate of recovery in the world, with marginal deaths.
In a interview with Al Jazeera, Dakar Institute Pasteur Dr. Amadou Sall stated:
“The idea is to rapidly produce 2-4 million kits not just
for us(Senegal) but for other African countries detect and isolate patients quickly”.