UNILAG Invents New Method Of Diagnosing Malaria
University of Lagos (UNILAG) is indeed fast becoming a clinical trial site for diagnosis in the country.
The self-acclaimed University of First Choice has invented a new method of diagnosing malaria, following intensive research by its Department of Medical Microbiology and Parasitology.
The Director, Research and Innovation of the institution, Prof. Wellington Oyibo, said the university’s research on malaria testing without the use of blood was validated in 2016.
According to him, the institution has provided a platform and an enabling environment for researchers that have been providing solutions to life challenges.
The Professor of Medical Parasitology noted that having worked in the malaria space, he discovered that malaria was a major health challenge in the country.
The lecturer said that the research was conducted in collaboration with a group of researchers in Baltimore, U.S., adding that the outcome was to diagnose malaria using urine.
He explained that “the first urine malaria test” has been validated.
According to him, the urine malaria test is the first clinical and global trial to be done in the world.
He said the test had been registered by both the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration Control (NAFDAC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USFDA).
He noted that the development was remarkable and groundbreaking, considering the fact that one could carry out malaria test without taking blood.
He appealed to the Federal Government to create easy access for people to test for malaria through the new approach.
This, he said, is possible by establishing testing centres in various parts of the country.
“This achievement shows that UNILAG is becoming a clinical trial site for diagnosis.
“In the past, trial test are conducted in India and Bangladesh or somewhere in Asia for Nigerians.
“But now, we are conducting tests for Nigerian patients and we are providing data and that is quite remarkable.’’
Oyibo further said that the new research breakthrough would improve malaria diagnosis and treatment.