The Oasis Reporters
July 01, 2017
Intensive research by it’s Department of Medical Micro Biology and Parasitology has led to the invention of a new method of diagnosing malaria without blood testing by the University of Lagos (UNILAG).
Prof. Wellington Oyibo, the Director, Research and Innovation of the institution, made this known saying that 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 on malaria cases , he discovered that malaria was a major health challenge in the country.
He added that “one of the major challenges in managing the menace has to do with case management, as there are assumptions that all fevers are malaria.”
He recalled that the policy that malaria test should be done before treatment was approved since 2010, noting however, that “in spite of this policy, people are still not doing tests.
“So, one way by which we can encourage diagnosis is by introducing tests that will not require blood from patients.
“Under the new test formula, medicine retailers will be able to carry out diagnosis before dispensing drugs.
“If we keep selling drugs for a disease that does not exist, it will amount to waste of resources and patients will be suffering.”
He further 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 and it is the first clinical and global trial to be done in the world”, he continued. .
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 (.FDA).
He noted that the development was remarkable and groundbreaking, considering the fact that one could carry out malaria test without taking blood.
Oyibo further said that the new research breakthrough would improve malaria diagnosis and treatment.