The Clinton Health Access Initiative has donated COVID-19 test kits which can permit test results to be available within 12 minutes, to the government of Cameroon.
The kits consist of 50,000 test sticks, 130 tablets, 130 modems and 130 analysis apparels, all for a global value of 400 million FCFA (about US$800,000).
The Clinton Health Access Initiative is a global health organisation that was founded in 2002 and is committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low and middle income countries.
The organisation works with partners to strengthen the capacity of governments and the private sector to create and sustain high quality health systems that can succeed without assistance.
The equipment was handed over to the Minister of Public Health, Dr Malaouda Malachie on Wednesday March 24, by a CHAI delegation led by Dr Yauba Saidu.
The main aim of the material is to accelerate and reinforce access to COVID-19 diagnostics and its state-of-the-art equipment intends to shorten the waiting period for testing to 12 minutes, instead of the former waiting period which could last up to 72 hours – three days.
“The equipment would also attenuate the shortage of test kits at different test sites and would be dispatched to the ten regions of the country, airports and land as well as maritime borders according to the needs, ”the Health Minister said, while appreciating the donations.
Besides boosting testing, the equipment would assist in automatically generating data and to centralise it on the different platforms, thus ameliorating the quality of information produced within this context.
Health personnel who would be manipulating the equipment were trained for two days on their use.
CHAI handed the donations in the name of the African Union, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the African Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.