Nigerian health tech logistic startup, Lifebank has swooped in with a major breakthrough that will support efforts to conduct as many tests as possible within shorter periods
The startup, in partnership with the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research(NIMR), has launched a fully effective mobile testing center that has already conducted up to 70 tests in one day and is looking to multiply the numbers subsequently. The Drive-thru mass testing lab which is located in Yaba, Lagos took just five (5) days to be created. Individuals can walk in for free to get tested after completing the necessary procedures.
The amount of Coronavirus cases in Nigeria has picked up pace within the last few weeks, with Lagos, the countries commercial hub having the highest number of cases so far. As new cases are being recorded on a daily basis, the number of suspects to be traced has also increased to up to 6,000. Hence, the need for more testing centers to facilitate easy testing for new suspects.
Currently, there are only six (6) labs available for testing in the country, none of which is a drive-through mobile testing center. This has raised concerns as regards the pace at which tests are being conducted. Giving rise to the need for a mass testing center like Lifebank’s.
The center was developed with support from UTL Trust Management Service Limited, Sterling Bank, Iyin Aboyeji of Future Africa and Submit Plumptre of Alder Consulting.
For the Drive-thru Mass Testing, users will need to register and confirm appointments, after which they will receive an email with a confirmation letter; the confirmation letter will be printed with a unique code. With the confirmation letter, patients can proceed to the entrance for further processes which will involve, disinfection, data verification, and sample collection.
Lifebank is willing to extend this service to other areas within the state and across the country once needed resources are available.
Other tech startups have also been doing their bits to help curb the spread of the virus. Ventures platform in collaboration with the Lagos State Science Research and Innovation Council (LASRIC) have provided support for seven startups with viable tech solutions to the spread of the virus in the country. On the other hand, CcHUB has also partnered with the Africa centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) to educate and sensitize people across the African continent about the virus.