Lagos State University Develops COVID-19 Self-test App for Nigerians
In an effort to increase testing resources for coronavirus in the country, the Lagos State University (LASU) has developed a self-test app that individuals can use to test for the virus.
According to the institution, the mobile app which was developed by the Computer Science Department of the university will help create awareness about COVID-19 to the general public.
The mobile app has been tested and certified by the Provost of the Lagos State University College of Medicine (LASUCOM), Ikeja. It will be available for Andriod download on Playstore from 7th April 2020.
Over 150 confirmed cases of infection in Nigeria
Since Nigeria confirmed its first case of COVID-19 infection about a month ago, the government and several organisations have rallied to establish solutions that helps curb the spread.
However, despite their efforts, the number of infected is still rising as the number of confirmed infections in the country has climbed into its hundreds and now stands at 174.
As testing and isolation of infected people are one of the major ways of curbing the virus, more methods of testing for the virus is being created in the country.
About a week ago, Wellvis Health, a health-tech company developed an app to help Nigerians know their risk of infection. Also, 54gene has raised about $500,000 to help the country improve its testing capacity.
Most recently, Lifebank opened a drive-through mobile testing centre to hasten and support the testing efforts in the country.
LASU, with its new innovation, is adding its efforts to the country gradually growing COVID-19 testing resources.
LASU’s efforts to curb COVID-19
LASU individual self-testing app will help Nigerians self-diagnose and find out if they are infected with the virus. This will help reduce the number of people who have to visit the testing centre due to false symptoms.
Speaking on the developed app, Ademola Adekoya, the university’s public relations officer, revealed that the innovation was led by Prof Benjamin Aribisala.
Other team members were Oluwatoyin Enikuomehin, Olusola Olabanjo, Abdulazeez Saheed and Abdulazeez Anjorin.
Apart from developing the app, the university has also produced hand sanitizers and spray. Some of the university’s members have also participated in a one-day WHO seminar on blood collection which took place at the Medical Research Center in readiness to serve as volunteer workers in isolation centres across Lagos.
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